Jury gets rare look at scene in BREC park murder trial
ZACHARY- A jury got a rare first-hand look Thursday at the BREC park where Dominque Smith is accused of killing a mother and her son, and trying to kill two more of her children.
Smith is accused of killing Jessica Johnson Palmer, 23, and her son, three-year-old Jaun Palmer Jr., in May of 2008. He's also accused of slashing the throat of his four-year-old daughter, Lindsay Paige Johnson, and leaving her six-month old sister for dead at the Doyle's Bayou Park on Port Hudson-Pride Road.
Smith's girlfriend, Trendall Matthews, pleaded guilty to the same charges in 2011 for her part in the murder and received a life sentence.
Today the jury got the opportunity to tour a re-creation of the crime scene at, visiting eight locations of interest. Smith was present during the event, but remained in a guarded sheriff's vehicle.
Prosecutors also introduced several witnesses, including first responders and BREC workers. A sheriff's deputy testified that the four-year-old girl told him her dad cut her throat and left her and her sister in the park, but the defense pointed out that those statements weren't included in the deputy's official report.
Testimony is ongoing and is expected to continue into the weekend.
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