The Nathan LeForce trial slowly moves to a conclusion as the 10th day of testimony wrapped up Tuesday evening. The defense continues its mitigation defense Wednesday morning.
Judge Phillip Corley thanked the jurors for their attention and told them that the defense was almost done, and they would soon receive the case for the sentencing phase.
On Tuesday, the defense called their expert witness, clinical psychologist Dr. Jolie Brams from Ohio. Dr. Brams was on the stand for almost four hours. Brams testified as to who all she interviewed including the defendant and gave an elaborate power point presentation during her testimony.
The afternoon closed out with LeForce’s lawyer from the DHS case testifying, someone who employed LeForce who himself is now in prison for several driving under the influence felony convictions, and a church pastor out of Stillwater who has been visiting LeForce on a regular basis and is also the chaplain for the Payne County Sheriff’s Office and Stillwater Police Department.
The defense has now presented 20 mitigation witnesses with family, friends and the experts taking the stand all testifying that LeForce should not get the death penalty and that they would be there for him even if it was life in prison without parole.
The former DHS worker that started her testimony last week has still not been called back to the witness box by the defense. The defense team acknowledged Monday morning that they had reviewed the records received by the court over the weekend. The prosecution pleaded with the court that unless that there was something probative in the reports that the defense is not allowed to relitigate the DHS case as part of the mitigation since it happened almost five years ago. So far nothing has happened, and the former DHS worker is in sequestration at the courthouse.