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Jackson defense grills crime scene investigator

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The tables were turned on one of the prosecution's key witness Thursday in the murder trial of Noura Jackson.

Jackson stands accused of murdering her mother, Jennifer Jackson.  Prosecutors claim Noura stabbed her mother more than 50 times before calling 911 in June, 2005.

For a third day, the focus of the trial was the evidence collected at Jennifer Jackson's home in the hours after she was murdered.   Thursday, defense attorneys are painted a picture of a botched investigation and a contaminated crime scene.

Defense Attorney Valery Corder cross-examined MPD Officer Davis Payment about evidence he collected at Jennifer Jackson's home.  At times, Payment appeared confused over photos he took.

"What about in the lower right?" Corder asked during one exchange, pointing to a picture Payment took.

"I don't even know what that is," he replied.

The crime scene where Jennifer Jackson was murdered was the first time Payment used a new chemical process for lifting blood samples.  Corder suggested the invetigation was a 'training session' for crime scene investigators, and because of that evidence that might link Noura Jackson to her mother's murder isn't credible.

Also in court Thursday, a second juror was dismissed after complaining of a severe headache.  The departure left the judge with only one alternate juror for the remainder of the trial.

Officials said if testimony continues at this pace, it could easily last another full week.

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