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Blood the focus of testimony in day 4 of Banis trial

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Joseph Banis in court on Friday. Joseph Banis in court on Friday.
Blood recovered from the Old Louisville home where Jamie Carroll's body was found was the focus of testimony during day four. Blood recovered from the Old Louisville home where Jamie Carroll's body was found was the focus of testimony during day four.
James "Jamie" Carroll James "Jamie" Carroll
Jeffrey Mundt (WAVE 3 Archives) Jeffrey Mundt (WAVE 3 Archives)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Blood recovered from the Old Louisville home where Jamie Carroll's body was found was the focus of testimony during day four of Joseph Banis' murder trial.

Banis is facing robbery, murder and tampering with evidence charges. Police say Banis and his boyfriend Jeffrey Mundt killed Jamie Carroll in December 2009. Carroll's body was found six months later, stuffed in a 50-gallon Rubbermaid bin and buried in the couple's basement.

Shannon Phelps, a forensic scientist from the Kentucky State Police Lab, told jurors Friday about 11 blood samples she tested for DNA. They were taken from a bedroom in Mundt and Banis' home where the state says Carroll was killed. The items included doorknobs, a comforter and a cat litter box.

Banis' blood was found on the top of the litter box, a cutting of the comforter and a closet door handle. A mix of Banis' blood and Mundt's blood was found on the handle of the door to the bedroom. Mundt's blood also was found on the outside of the litter box and a second cutting of the comforter.

Phelps testified that Carroll's blood was not found on any of the items in the room.

Banis' attorney is trying to convince the jury that Mundt killed Carroll out of jealousy when he found Banis and Carroll having sex. The attorney admits Banis helped dispose of Carroll's body. The state argues all three men were doing drugs and messing around when Mundt and Banis plotted to steal Carroll's money and drugs.

Mundt is expected to testify against Banis as part of deal to avoid the death penalty in his own trial. It is unclear when that will happen.

WAVE 3's Jaimie Weiss is live tweeting updates from the courthouse. Follow her @JaimieWeiss.

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