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UPDATED: Forensic Pathologist Testifies in Murder, Dismemberment Trial
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Updated March 27, 2014 9:36 p.m.
"He was a good person. He went to college then joined the Army. Then tragedy happened," said Fredericka Mosby, the mother of a man who was killed and dismembered in 2012.
Seventeen months after 22-year-old Norman McCaster's death, it's no easier for his family to deal with; especially knowing his wife is being blamed.
"I just want justice for my son," Mosby said.
In day two of her murder trial, evidence continued to add up against 24-year old Juatasha Denton-McCaster. She's charged with murder, dismembering a body, and concealing the death of her husband.
We also learned more about Norman McCaster's final days. He worked, briefly, as a janitor at Richardson Manufacturing. He worked on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. He was scheduled off for October 25 for drill with Illinois National Guard, but never showed up.
McCaster's torso was found in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29, 2012. The forensic pathologist who did the autopsy, Dr. Scott Denton, testified the body was dismembered after McCaster died. Denton said cuts to the skin around the neck are consistent with a knife; while it appears a saw was used to cut the bone.
Wednesday, prosecutors showed the jury Wal-mart receipts, traced to Denton-McCaster, that showed purchases of a reciprocating saw and a box-cutter knife.
The pathologist classifies McCaster's death as a "homicide by undetermined means." He believes we would know the cause of death if McCaster's head was found, but it's still missing along with his limbs.
While Dr. Denton reviewed dozens of graphic pictures in court, Denton-McCaster didn't look up, showed no emotion and scribbled notes.
"It hurt because were suffering. She acts like she had no kind of feelings," Mosby said.
A detective with the Sangamon county sheriff's office said he found several items in Denton-McCaster's trash; including used latex gloves and respiratory masks, an empty bleach bottle, several of the victim's ID and credit cards that were cut up, packaging for 50 feet of plastic sheeting and other items.
Denton-McCaster's attorney questioned why that report wasn't written until three months later.
An employee of Helping Hands homeless shelter also testified Juatasha Denton-McCaster donated two bags to the shelter three days after her husband's body was found. Investigators later determined they were full of men's clothes.
The defense maintains Juatasha Denton-McCaster is not responsible for her husband's death. His family believes otherwise.
"To me, she's evil. She's like a monster," Mosby said.
Attorneys with the prosecution and defense aren't speaking to the media while the trial is ongoing.
Testimony continues Friday. The trial is expected to last into next week.
Original report posted March 27, 2014 5:49 P.M.
The trial of a woman accused of killing her husband and dismembering his body continued today in Sangamon County court.
In day two of the trial, a forensic pathologist testified the Springfield man was murdered before his body was dismembered.
Prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Juatasha Denton-McCaster with murder, dismembering a body, and concealing the death of her 22-year-old husband, Norman McCaster.
Dr. Scott Denton did the autopsy on McCaster's torso, which was found in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29, 2012.
While reviewing dozens of graphic pictures, he testified the body was dismembered after McCaster died, cuts to the skin around the neck are consistent with a knife, and that it appears a saw was used to cut the bone.
Wednesday, prosecutors showed the jury Wal-Mart receipts traced to Denton-McCaster that showed purchases of a reciprocating saw and a box cutter knife.
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