Steven DeValle’s second day sees the victim on the stand
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.
Steven DeValle trial enters day 4 as defendant takes the stand
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Steven DeValle attempted murder trial entered its fourth day on Thursday July 27, with the defense calling a series of witnesses to the stand.
The first witness was Steven DeValle’s step mother. After that, his ex-wife in Illinois then delivered testimony via video conference. Both women claim that DeValle has never had a history of violence or abuse.
“As far as violence, that I know nothing of,” said Amy DeValle, ex-wife of the defendant.
The defense then heard from the officer who found Steven DeValle on the side of the road July 6, 2016, the morning after the incident. The deputy from Delta County said that DeValle seemed depressed and suicidal, it was then that he brought him to Escanaba’s St. Francis hospital.
The defense then submitted into evidence video of DeValle that morning when he was being arrested. In the video, DeValle appears manic, asking what he had done, claiming to have no memory of the incident.
Next, the defense called to the stand pharmacist Tyler Jenema, who said that while the medicine DeValle was taking, Paxil, could change his behavior, it was very unlikely that he would suffer from memory loss because of the medicine.
“The percentages are anywhere from half a percent or a little less, maybe up to one percent we think of patients maybe potentially experience amnesia,” said Jenema.
DeValle himself then took the stand, staying firm to his claim that he suffered from memory loss, even when his stories started to change. His original testimony to Forsyth Officer, Chief Warchock claimed that he had no recollection of the night of July 5, 2016 after 6pm but in court DeValle claimed he remembered events up to 9pm and even 10pm.
DeValle will continue to be examined and cross examined Friday, July 28 as the trial seems to be on track to that afternoon.