Trooper David Twomey spent the better part of Wednesday morning on the witness stand, extending an already long testimony that began Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Nathaniel Fujita.
Twenty-year-old Fujita was 18 when police say he murdered his ex-girlfriend and Wayland High School classmate Lauren Astley on July 3, 2011.
On Wednesday, Twomey explained to jurors that he applied Leucocrystal Violet (LCV) to areas in the Fujita home during the execution of a search warrant on July 4, 2011, in an effort to identify "occult," or invisible to the naked eye, blood.
Twomey testified that the chemical revealed blood in the Fujita kitchen and upstairs bathroom.
Defense attorney William Sullivan, however, questioned Twomey's skills and why he had not photographed the results of the LCV test in the upstairs bathroom even though he did photograph the results in the kitchen.
Later in the morning, a classmate of Fujita's (one year behind him at Wayland High) told the jury that she saw Fujita driving south on Main Street (Route 27) in Wayland at about 7:45 p.m. on July 3, 2011.
Anna Sharry said she recognized Fujita's car from seeing it often in the school parking lot. When she saw him that night, Sharry testified, Fujita was driving alone with the window down. She said he was playing loud rap or hip-hop music and wasn't wearing a shirt.
Just before the lunch recess, Prosecutor Lisa McGovern called Genevieve Flynn to the witness stand. Flynn proceeded to tell the jury that she, along with Astley and three other girls, formed a tight-knit group of five friends during their later years of high school.
Flynn broke down on the stand as McGovern asked her to describe the final time she saw Astley and the emotional search for Astley that took place the night of July 3, 2011.
Flynn also testified that she knew and ran in the same group of friends as Fujita. She said he acted normally at each event they attended together up until their graduation on June 5, 2011. Upon cross-examination, Sullivan reiterated that Flynn said she did not see Fujita between graduation and the murder on July 3.
Following Flynn's testimony, Ronald Bolivar, a close high school friend of Fujita's, took the stand.
McGovern talked extensively with Bolivar about Fujita's behavior and whether it had remained consistent throughout his senior year, which Bolivar said it had.
Sullivan then asked Bolivar about Fujita's football injuries and pointed out that Fujita had been hospitalized after a tackle at some point.
McGovern redirected the questioning, and Bolivar said the hospitalization did not occur during Fujita's senior year in high school.
Still, Sullivan insisted, part of Fujita's job as a wide receiver on the team was to take hits sometimes.
At about 3:30 p.m., Wayland Police Det. Christopher Cohen took the stand. He told the jurors that he knocked on the doors of 11 houses surrounding the Fujita residence to ask whether anyone heard or saw anything the night of July 3, 2011, through the morning of July 4, 2011.
Just 10 minutes into Cohen's testimony, Judge Peter Lauriat adjourned court for the day.
Testimony is expected to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday. For a full recap of the Feb. 20 proceedings, check out the Wayland Murder Trial Live Blog.