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Third day of testimony in Quincy murder trial focuses on crime scene data

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QUINCY (WGEM) — Friday marked the third day of testimony in the retrial of Steven Gavin.

Gavin is facing four counts of First-Degree Murder and one count of Armed Robbery in the November 2015 death of Carlous Wires.

Gavin’s first trial ended in a mistrial in February of 2019 after the jury deliberated for 12 hours and could not come to a verdict.

Much of Friday's testimony focused on crime scene forensics. 

Dr. Scott Denton a forensic pathologist who reviewd the autopsy of Carlous Wires was the first to testify.

Denton said that Wires was shot twice in the head at a distance of 18 to 24 inches and that the gun was fired from above. So Wires was most likley bent over, kneeling, or sitting in a chair.

Scott Rochowicz of the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center also testifyed Friday.  Rochowicz spoke about the gunshot residue at the scene.

Earlier in the trial Gavin's attorney, Curtis Lovelace stated that Carlous' wife, Vivan Wires has tested positive for gun shot residue. 

Rochowicz siad that gunshot residue can come from fireing a gun, being in the vincinity of a fired gun or moving though airborn gun shot residue particles.

The lead detective, Adam Gibson also testified Friday.

Gibson said if they got wind of any rumor they would follow it to the source of infomration. He said  they looked into a rumor of Vivian Wires being involved with Michael Gay. Gay had previously testified that he saw a man leaving Wires home he night of the murder.

Gibson also spoke of the phone records and two calls that were made to Carlous' daughter, Shelby Wires, the night of the murder.

The calls were from a man asking for Carlous. Gibson said Shelby identifyed both as Gavin in a four-voice line up.

Judge Robert Adrian adjorned shortly after noon to allow the jurors to leave due to the weather. 

Due to Martin Luther King Day on Monday, the retrial will continue Tuesday. The defense will present next week.

For a more detailed account of Friday's trial, read this story from our newsgathering partners at the Herald-Whig.

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WGEM Staff

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