IOWA CITY — In the hours and days after John Versypt's shooting death in south Iowa City, officers processed the crime scene and sent numerous pieces of evidence to the state lab for testing.
But, one by one, hopeful avenues for potential leads reached dead ends. There were no fresh footprints outside the crime scene and no fingerprints on a nearby railing, according to testimony on Friday in Justin Marshall's first-degree murder trial.
A revolver found at the scene, along with five casings, a live bullet and Mr. Versypt's wallet, also were checked for fingerprints but nothing was found.
Hours after the fatal shooting on Oct. 8, 2009, officers canvassed the area around the Broadway Condominium complex in south Iowa City for evidence, but found nothing of significance. Even tapping two men with wires to try and catch some conversation from Mr. Marshall and his co-defendant Charles Thompson about the shooting came up dry, according to Iowa City police Sgt. Zachary Dierson.
"Nothing of value was gleaned from that interaction," Sgt. Dierson testified on Friday.
The 16 jurors selected to hear the first-degree murder case against Mr. Marshall spent most of Friday listening to testimony from medical experts, evidence analysts and investigators and officers who were at the crime scene or followed up with the investigation.
Defense attorneys tried to poke holes in the prosecution's case on Friday by asking questions about the integrity of the evidence collected and by noting the lack of physical evidence against their client.
According to police, Mr. Versypt, of Cordova, was a landlord for units in the Broadway Condominiums and was checking on his properties when he was shot in the head during an attempted robbery in October 2009. Mr. Thompson, 20, was the first person to be arrested in the case in February 2010, followed by Mr. Marshall, 22, in July 2011 and Courtney White, 25, in October 2011.
Mr. White and Mr. Marshall face first-degree murder charges. If convicted, they face life sentences in prison. Mr. Thompson originally was charged with first-degree murder, but his case ended in a mistrial. After the mistrial, Mr. Thompson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for his promise to testify against Mr. Marshall.
He has not yet taken the stand in Mr. Marshall's trial.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.