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Recap: Day 2 of testimony in Kimberly Kessler murder trial

Kimberly Kessler is charged with the murder of 34-year-old Joleen Cummings, who was reported missing in May of 2018. Cummings' body has never been found.

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — Day two of testimony resumes Tuesday in the murder trial of a Nassau County woman accused of killing her Yulee hair salon coworker.

Kimberly Kessler is charged with the murder of 34-year-old Joleen Cummings, who was reported missing in May of 2018. Cummings' body has never been found.

On Monday, attorneys said blood spattered throughout the salon is evidence of a fight between Kessler and her alleged victim.

Click here for a recap of Monday's opening statements and testimony.

RELATED: Kimberly Kessler's injuries were 'defensive,' attorneys say, but agree there was a 'violent confrontation'

Warning: Some descriptions of evidence below may include graphic content that may be disturbing to readers.

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5 p.m.: Court has ended for the day.

4:45 p.m.: Tangles manager Anh Morgan testifies that Cummings never trusted Kessler and told her so the day before Cummings' disappearance.

2:42 p.m.: Many jurors are taking notes, and their heads swivel between whoever is at the podium and the person in the witness box. 

2:26 p.m.: Additional shots are shown of Kessler with bandages on and off. The former FDLE investigator testifies Kessler told her she applied Super Glue to some of the cuts to try to seal them up.

2:22 p.m.: A crime scene investigator out of St. Johns County, where Kessler was initially taken into custody, testifies about taking photographs of Kessler's injuries.

2:01 p.m.: Kessler's boots, along with a spray bottle found with Cummings' blood, are displayed to jurors.

1:56 p.m.: The afternoon session begins with a former FDLE agent testifying about Cummings' blood found on Kessler's boots that were seized from her Sadler Road storage unit.

11:10 a.m.: Prosecutors show the jurors Kessler's scissors, on which investigators found Cummings' blood.

9:41 a.m.: Tangles' owners said they did not recognize a potted plant after a previous plant disappeared from the salon the same day Cummings disappeared. It was found uprooted behind the salon. Prosecutors say video shows Kessler buying the replacement palm.

9:32 a.m.: First Coast News reporter Anne Schindler: "I stand corrected -- they actually did 3 sweeps. On May 19, 2018 detectives returned to Tangles salon. They found the blue plastic bin now in evidence, which contains blood evidence and #JoleenCummings' partial fingernail."

9:15 a.m.: The floor of Tangles lit up when sprayed with Luminol, which detects blood evidence.

9 a.m.: See below for photos of blood evidence found during the second sweep of Tangles, undetected during the first search.

8:53 a.m.: The Nassau Sheriff's Office conducted two crime scene sweeps of Tangles salon because on a walk-through with Prosecutor Donna Thurson after the initial one, they discovered dozens of additional blood spots and spatters that investigators initially missed.

8:47 a.m.: Witness one is Mark Murphy, Nassau County Sheriff's Office Investigator, who was a detective in the Crime Scene Unit with Cummings disappeared and processed the Tangles salon several times during the investigation. He says he saw reddish brown stains on the desk calendar at the front desk of the salon.

8:36 a.m.: Kessler's defense team again renews its motion for a new psychiatric evaluation due to her "continuing behavior and the inability to discuss the pending trial with counsel." Judge Daniel says Kessler's behavior is the same behavior that has already been analyzed by doctors and does not merit a new evaluation.

8:34 a.m.: Kessler is brought into the courtroom and tells tells the judge "I refuse counsel," calling her representation "injustice" and again claiming public defender Jordan Beard is Cummings' cousin. The two are not related.

The judge has Kessler removed from the courtroom for refusing to cooperate and says again that if she changes her mind, she may return to the courtroom.

8:30 a.m.: Court is scheduled to resume. 

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Kessler was escorted out of court first thing after an outburst caused a distraction in the courtroom.

Once she was taken out, prosecutors and defense attorneys began opening statements Monday morning. The Judge says Kessler will be allowed back into the courtroom if she asks the bailiff and does not pose any future distractions. 

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