Michael Renard Jackson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Family of 25-year-old Andrea Boyer left the courtroom Wednesday afternoon for a few minutes while the jury was shown a graphic picture of the murder scene.
Boyer was found murdered Jan. 23, 2007 inside a kennel at the Wells Road Veterinary Clinic. Michael Renard Jackson's is now on trial three years later.
A co-worker, Joy Ortiz, testified today that she knew something was wrong when she got to work around 7 a.m. that Tuesday morning. She told the jury the kennel lights were not on and usually were at that time.
Prosecutors told the jury Boyer was bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher and sexually assaulted.
"There was extreme blunt force trauma to the head and obviously tremendous amount of blood loss," David Krika, a former Clay County deputy who was the first law enforcement officer on the scene, testified.
Jackson's defense team in opening arguments told the jury that investigators did not analyze all the evidence and stopped their investigation with Jackson's arrest. Clay County authorities argued that DNA connected Jackson to the murder.
The trial is expected to wrap up later this week. The state is seeking the death penalty.
Jackson is a convicted sex offender and lived in a hotel around the corner from the clinic. He received a 30-year prison sentence in 1986 for raping a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint, but served a little more than 12 years.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S ARREST HISTORY
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