The strain and tension of a murder trial is unlike anything I could described.
It’s graphic, depressing, exciting, interesting, intense, draining, boring and climatic.
This last case marks the end of the second full murder trial I’ve had the opportunity to sit through, beginning to end.
Above all I love getting the whole story, the entire story, so full of information that it would take a book to convey the entire breadth of the experience and the information contain within.
It’s a strange experience for a reporter, talking to the mother of victim one day to the wife of the accused the next. Hearing every grim detail, facts and images so graphic that I am not even allowed to present them to the public without censorship and discretion.
But in the courtroom those two factors are mute when compared to the search for the truth. Thankfully the absence of a jury in this trial spared many in the court from having to view the images of the slain 12-year-old girl on a medical table during autopsy or the pictures of the bloody crime scene. Already I feel I’ve revealed too much and been too graphic but these types of things are common in a murder trial courtroom.
The photography of violence may have been absent from the public’s eye in this case but not the detailed descriptions from the medical, forensic and investigative experts.
Listening to Forensic Pathologist Dr. James Terzian for example describe the victims injuries on the stand including, multiple fractures- a broken sternum, all the rids, skull, face and femur, to name a few.
Or hearing long and detail explanation on the medical investigation into possible sex abuse evidence.
It can be difficult at times because often the most relevant information is buried deep in gruesome facts.
Watching George Ford Jr. take the stand was an incredible experience. To see a man with everything to lose desperately attempt to convince a judge they’ve got it all wrong.
To watch a prosecutor, who by the way is under the complete and utter opinion that the defendant is a murderer, tear into him on the stand with the victim’s family and police investigators in the crowd. I can’t even imagine what the experience must be like for District Attorney Joseph A. McBride or Defense Attorney Randal Scharf.
When the end of a long saga comes, like it nearly has in this case, I’m always left mulling the experience over in my mind for weeks after.
It’s been a privilege to be able to bring it to the public through my writing and words. I hope my enthusiasm and passion in witnessing these events has been properly prescribed though them.
The end has finally come may peace follow it for the sake of the Somers’ family.