LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Gruesome photos and details were revealed on Thursday in the trial of Joseph Banis, the man charged with killing one of his boyfriends and burying him in the basement.
The day started off with testimony from Dr. Donna Stewart from the chief medical examiners office. She explained to the courtroom how the victim, James Carroll, was killed and placed in a 50 gallon plastic container.
"One could see the body in a crouched position," said Dr. Stewart. "Hog tied with twine around the body was a white solidified substance that concretized the body in the container."
Dr. Stewart said that Carroll died from multiple stab wounds to the neck. In the autopsy, she explained that Carroll suffered three different types of injuries: stab wounds, a gunshot wound and blunt force injuries. She also said that toxicology tests showed that Carroll had drugs in his system.
"He had in his collected blood methamphetamine, and amphetamine, as well as a bit of alcohol," said Dr. Stewart.
Banis' attorney is trying to prove to the jury that it was Jeffery Mundt who killed Carroll.
A few months before Carroll's body was discovered Banis and Mundt were arrested in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. Banis admitted to Chicago police that he had $54,000 in counterfeit money, three guns, and ammunition.
"He described what was in his bag he said he two other pistols along with the counterfeit bills," said Chicago Police officer Hysni Selencia.
A KSP fire arms expert confirmed that one of the guns confiscated in Chicago was the gun used to shoot James Carroll.
Testimony will resume Friday. Jeffery Mundt will have his own trial expected in May.
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Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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