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Love-triangle murder trial testimony focuses on co-defendant

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The basement where Carroll's body was found buried. The basement where Carroll's body was found buried.
Crime scene photo of the plastic tub Carroll's body wsa found in. Crime scene photo of the plastic tub Carroll's body wsa found in.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The focus of testimony in day four of Joseph Banis murder trial was all about his co-defendant Jeffrey Mundt. Both men are charged with killing Jamie Carroll and burying his body in the basement of an Old Louisville home.

Thursday the medical examiner testified Jamie Carroll died from a stab wound to the neck, but a knife was never found. Banis' attorney, Darren Wolff, spent several hours asking former Louisville Metro Police homicide detective Colin King about his police work, specifically a knife Mundt admitted to having on his person after he was arrested for Carroll's murder.

Wolff played a video of King and Mundt discussing the weapon on his key ring. King did not put it into evidence.

"Knowing what we just saw if you had to do over would you have put that knife in the evidence room in this case?" asked Wolff. "Possibly, yes, sir," replied King.

Wolff claims Banis helped stuff Carroll's body into a Rubbermaid bin and burying it in the basement, but did not actually kill Carroll, it was Mundt.

Wolff also played a clip from A&E's show, The First 48, which was filming during the investigation into Carroll's death. In it, Mundt was crying when police told him there was a body in his basement. Wolff said it's only an act. He asked Wolff about the conversation Mundt had about that body.

"Would you agree with me he's (Mundt) pointing the finger at Mr. Banis?" asked Wolff. "What do you mean?" replied King. "If there's a body it must be Mr. Banis?" asked Wolff about Mundt's statements to King. "I'm not sure he ever stated that he was pointing finger, but he was saying he was victim and in a hurtful relationship. Yes," said King.

Mundt will have his own trial expected in May, but should testify against Banis as early as Monday.

You can continue to get updates on this trial by following me @JaimieWeiss.

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