Without any DNA or fingerprints, it became clear in the second day of the Keith Lintz murder trial that footprints might be the path linking the defendant to the crime scene.
During testimony Tuesday a line of footprints were shown that outlined a path from the Tarwackis to a place Keith Lintz was possibly staying.
28-year-old Keith Lintz is accused of killing John and Carolyn Tarwacki in their Howard Township home just outside of Niles.
In the second day of the trial, a forensic pathologist testified most of the morning.
He outlined the brutal way the couple was attacked on an early February morning three and half years ago.
John and Carolyn were both shot twice. John was stabbed ten times while Carolyn was stabbed five times then severely beaten. The defense implied she was pistol whipped.
Another witness, Patricia Wilds, was the third witness to testify. She asked that her face not be shown on television. Last time she testified during the preliminary hearing and appeared on TV, her teeth where kicked in the next morning by a small group of men that called her a ‘snitch.’
Wilds was living with Lintz’s cousin during February of 2010. Keith Lintz stopped by their home for a ‘place to crash.’ Wilds says he was rambling on about footprints in the snow. She said he appeared to be high. He showed her a gun and told her, “You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”
Doug Baker from the state attorney general serving as a special assistant prosecutor asked, “Can you tell us how he was acting?”
Wilds remembers, “ All jittery and paranoid acting like a jitterbug. What he was saying and doing and he went from window to window like he was looking for someone and he kept saying they were going to get him. He should have wiped the footprints, kept repeating it.”
Another witness called to the stand is a sergeant from Michigan State Police that examined the footprints that were very visible in the snow at the time of the murder. He found a pathway from Carberry to Yankee Road. He also found droplets of blood in the snow.
Sergeant Michael McCarty from the Michigan State Police showed several displays and explained, “ Again this is a footprint impression and blood droplet. This was (showing footprints) also northbound and a northbound site and this would have been fairly close and the suspect would have just jumped the fence.”
He also showed several photographers of the back door or mud room where the defendant allegedly entered without force.
The defense argued that the witness, Patricia Wilds, was given leniency on her past charges in exchange for her testimony. Her credibility was also questioned after being charged in several other crimes.
However her mother was called to the stand and said she encouraged her daughter to talk to the police about what Keith Lintz told her because it was “the right thing to do.”
So far a total of five witnesses have been called.
Lintz faces two murder one charges. The prosecution must be prove that the murder was pre-meditated. If convicted he faces life without parole. It’s a mandatory sentence for murder one in Michigan.