MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Opening statements started day two in the Steven DeValle attempted murder trial in Marquette, also on the stand today, the victim.
DeValle is charged with four counts, including strangulation and criminal sexual conduct against his ex-girlfriend last july.
Prosecuting attorney Matt Wiese calling his first witness, the victim herself, who we are not naming or showing.
In the prosecution’s opening statement, Prosecutor Matt Wiese told the jury to trust the evidence of those who were on the scene.
He also established for the jury DeValle was unstable and capable of attempting to kill the victim.
“He went from being enraged to being eerily calm and his mood she will tell you went in that way and when he became eerily calm is when she most feared for her life,” Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese said.
In the defense’s opening statement, attorney Ted fulsher told the jury DeValle and the victim were recently in a 15 month relationship, having only just days before gone on a family vacation together.
Fulsher told the jury about DeValle’s recent problems with mental issues, and of the recent switch in medication from Zoloft to Paxil.
“Paxil has numerous side-effects,” Defense Attorney Ted Fulsher said.
Those symptoms include, suicidal tendencies, erratic behavior and amnesia.
After opening statements, Wiese called the victim to the stand as his first witness.
The victim was asked when she saw a change in the defendant.
“I started noticing maybe some anger tendencies and maybe some anxiety tendencies about 1:30AM,” the victim said.
At that time, the victim says she messaged her police officer friend online to drive by and non-threateningly check in on them.
The victim claimed she then dialed in 911, to have it available if she needed to call, before the defendant knocked the phone out of her hand.
The defendant then became immediately concerned.
“He got angry and started making comments, you know, you’re calling the police on me and you know if you do that I’ll lose everything,” the victim said.
Wednesday, testimony from Forsyth Township Police and other medical personnel will be heard.