Investigators testify in I-540 murder trial

October 1, 2009 2:28:52 AM PDT
Wednesday's testimony in the Latrese Curtis murder trial revealed an investigator found a knife in the suspect's car.Bishop Robert Reaves is accused of killing the NCCU student and leaving her body along I-540.

Several investigators from the Wake County Bureau of Identification, including the state medical examiner were first to take the stand Wednesday, which is day two of trial. One of them testified he found a knife in Reaves' car.

"There was no signs of any physical blow to the vehicle," one investigator testified.

They told the court what they found when collecting evidence inside Curtis' and Reaves' cars.

The defense clarified what they didn't find.

"I did not find a knife," the Wake official said during her testimony.

But when Wake County Sheriff's investigator Alfred Starnberg took the stand, he said he search Reaves' car again and found a well hidden knife.

"I also found a knife," Starnberg said. "[The] knife was pointed toward the rear [of the car]."

Starnberg testified he didn't see any blood on the knife.

Tuesday prosecutors outlined their case to jurors, arguing Reaves killed Curtis because he considered her an obstacle. They say the gay minister wanted to date his roommate but his roommate was dating Curtis.

A motorist found Curtis' body along I-540 in January of last year. Police say she have been stabbed to death.

Tuesday Curtis' husband testified his wife never came home that night. Prosecutors believe Reaves followed her from NCCU in Durham to Raleigh, forcing her to pull over. He allegedly killed her after she pulled over.

Meanwhile, a juror was released Wednesday afternoon, because of too much body odor. The rest of the jurors said they could not stay focused because of the smell.

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