Jurors get video review in murder trial

First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUBERTON -- A former television reporter took jurors on a video tour of a scene where a man was shot to death in 1998.
Sheann DeJarnette testified Monday that, at the request of sheriff's Capt. Frank Lovett, she filmed the scene where Teddy Emanuel was shot to death at a party in Shannon 4 1/2 years ago.
As the video of the crime scene played on a television in the courtroom, DeJarnette pointed out to jurors what she filmed, including vehicle license plates and Emanuel's body.
“The body was in the field with some clothes around it,” DeJarnette told the jury.
David Lowery, 30, of Route 1 Shannon, is accused of killing Emanuel on Dec. 12, 1998. Emanuel, who was 28, lived on Snipes Road in Shannon.
District Attorney Johnson Britt is seeking the death penalty against Lowery, who is represented by Sue Berry and Knox Chavis.
Lovett acknowledged that he had requested DeJarnette to film the crime scene. Parts of the tape were played for the jury so Lovett could illustrate his testimony that Emanuel's body was found in a field near the party at Larry Hunt's home.
Lovett previously testified for the state about evidence he collected at the scene, including a .32-caliber shell casing that he collected off the ground but later lost.
Lovett acknowledged on two separate reports that he tested Emanuel's hands for gunshot residue at two different times and places. One document said he did the examination about 11:45 p.m. in the field where Emanuel's body was found and a second report said the test was done at Southeastern Regional Medical Center about 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 13.
In cross examination by Britt, Lovett said Emanuel's hands were prepared for examination and bagged for protection at the crime scene but that the actual examination was done at the hospital.
Bobby Lowery, David Lowery's brother, briefly took the stand Monday. He was expected to continue his testimony this morning.

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