Jurors shown the gun used in the fatal shooting


Marissa Poppell, the crime scene technician, is handed the box containing Exhibit #6 – which she identifies as the weapon taken from Lt. Timoteo Benavidez’s vehicle. Though the gun is in front of Poppell, the jury is shown the weapon, which includes parts in separate plastic bags attached to the box with plastic zip ties.

Poppell says she requested the gun be tested by FBI analysts for latent fingerprints, which she described as fingerprints not visible to the naked eye. Poppell testified she also requested a firearms functioning test to ensure it was in “proper working order.”

Poppell testfied that she sent the firearm involved in the shooting to the FBI “intact,” but when she got it back it’s condition had changed.

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