Good evening all. This is my last post for today. e have one more exciting day for this years Spookapalooza. I hope you are having fun and reading a lot. So until tomorrow, good night and thank you-JoAnne.
Chapter 13: The First Day of Trial
The well-advertised murder case unfolded during a blizzard on the coldest day of the winter, January 9, inside a courthouse in Logan, Ohio.
Even the knee-deep snow did not deter some from leaving their homes that morning. Reporters described the scene inside the building as “teemed with spectators, spilling into the halls.” All seemed eager to be a part of the “Trial of the Century.”
The day started with Attorney Duggan and Rogers accusing Prosecutor Veidt of “withholding statements and/or other evidence” that could aid the Defendant. Veidt denied the allegations.
The community polarized even more. The prosecution said the defense had little to go on to free Dale Johnston. The defense claimed newly amassed evidence was shoved aside and deliberately ignored.
One major witness for the defense was “Jane Doe.” She claimed shortly before the trial, she was contacted by Attorney Rogers, who discovered her identity through newly released police reports. She relayed to Rogers what she remembered of the railroad incident. She now admitted her memory over time had greatly lapsed concerning certain facts of October 4. She cited her memory loss as being due to marital problems she experienced at the time and suffered from astigmatism and was not wearing her glasses on October 4, 1982.
She suggested to Mr. Rogers of hypnotizing her to refresh her memory. Attorney Rogers told her that was not advisable, claiming hypnosis could cause the mind to create untrue details, making it “unreliable.”