Prosser sits quietly, displays little emotion during murder trial
Published Friday, November 23, 2012 7:01PM AST
Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2012 7:35PM AST
Sobs were heard in Moncton provincial court today as investigators described the scene where the body of Sabrina Patterson was found in Nov., 2010.
The court heard the 25-year-old woman was found face-down, partially covered by a garbage bag, in a wooded area in Shenstone, N.B.
Investigators also testified forensic evidence suggested she hadn’t been killed at the same spot.
“They’ve gone into a lot more details, a lot more elaborate than it was the first time,” says the victim’s sister, Denise Murphy.
The information was too much for some, as a friend of the Patterson family broke down as she heard details she has been trying to forget.
“She was there when the body was discovered. This is the first time she’s been in court and the first time she’s heard any of the details,” says Murphy.
“She’s still in therapy and recovering from the shock of seeing what she saw.”
Fred Prosser, the victim’s former boyfriend and father of her two children, is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of sexual assault in connection with the case.
Prosser has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He sat quietly at Moncton provincial court today, taking notes at times, occasionally glancing toward his own family and displaying little emotion.
Day three of the trial was mostly dominated by the presentation of forensic evidence.
The court heard jeans seized from Prosser’s bedroom on Nov. 7, 2010 tested positive for a substance, presumed to be blood by police.
Investigators also testified that in June 2011, Patterson’s jacket, purse and wallet were found in a cooler under a car bumper outside the Prosser home.
“I don’t know what they found, a purse, stuff like that, but I would presume it would be returned,” says Dale Patterson, the victim’s brother. “I think mom would like to have that stuff, like to have her stuff back.”
Today, the defence cross-examined the forensic witnesses, questioning RCMP procedures when officers collected evidence.
So far, the Crown has called 23 of its 40 witnesses to the stand.
The trial resumes Monday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis