Could the shooting of Bill Bacon have been avoided? During Wednesday's testimony, both prosecution and defense detailed several contacts between Bill Bacon and law enforcement, and Glenn Head and Don Roper with law enforcement during the time between the opening day of deer season and the day of the shooting, December 11, 2012.
Former Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite was the day's first witness. Kite testified he first heard about a confrontation on the opening day of deer season from Conservation Agent Benny Pryor. Several times between that day, November 12, and the day of the shooting, Bacon either contacted or attempted to contact Kite, about the property dispute.
On November 20, Kite took photos at the Bacon site.
"Did you take those photos just to get along with Mr. Bacon," Kite was asked by defense attorney Charlie James.
"Pretty much," Kite answered.
James pushed the questioning, asking if it would be fair to say Head and Roper sought help from law enforcement. Kite said he didn't know.
"Did you tell them to stay away from Bacon until you were out of office?" James asked.
"I kinda said that in a joking manner," Kite said.
DDCC Investigator Brad Ream went over how he photographed and measured the scene, creating the diagram shown in court.
"This diagram doesn't show where anyone was at the time of the shooting, does it?" asked James.
"No", Ream answered.
Ream and lead investigator Amanda Sapp both discussed finding a camera and tape recorder at the scene. Sapp took both into evidence. Two separate searches were made looking for a cassette tape for the recorder, but no tape was ever located.
Sapp showed photos from the camera. Most showed Head spreading fertilizer in the field, but the final photos show Head approaching in the tractor, approaching on foot, and then the final photo as a blurry close-up of "skin-tone".
Medical Examiner Eddie Adelstein went over the autopsy report and photos, showing that Bacon died of a gunshot wound to the chest. He had concluded that the shot was from at least 30 inches away from Bacon.
Later discussion centered around cell phone records, showing a number of texts and calls to and from Head's cell phone, but also apparently showing several calls that did not go through.
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