As usual the testimony for Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 is not for the sensitive. The sheriff who interviewed Carri just hours after Hana’s death took the stand and played a recording of the interview. Carri was not emotional and the big headline of the day is that she blamed Hana for her own death. She also told the sheriff that Hana was the healthiest person in the family. Apparently, the fact that Hana had lost 30% of her body weight did not raise any red flags with her. She also, apparently, forgot about Hana’s Hepatitis B (the reason they give for making her use a port-a-potty.)
The other development of the day was that Larry William’s Defense tried to subpoena the Prosecuting Attorney, Rich Weyrich, as a witness. The reason for this was that when Hana’s cousin (who was flown in to testify about Hana’s age) missed his flight back to Ethiopia, Rich Weyrich took evidence out of his hotel room and kept it for 3 days before turning it in. As prospective witnesses are not allowed to be in the courtroom, this would have made him unable to act the part of Prosecuting Attorney. The judge ruled that the evidence in question had nothing to do with the case and did not allow him to be barred from the courtroom.
Here is the story from the Skagit Valley Herald. Updated: Here is another story with much more info. It also goes into the testimony of a church member who fosters the Williams children for a while and how one of the older boys did not allow his little sister to go swimming because he found the one piece swimsuit to be too revealing. Incredibly enough, she stated that the same boy had said that Hana was fat.
And here is the story from KiroTV.
For more details, live as it happens, check out #Williamstrial on Twitter. You will probably want to click “All.” It took me a while to notice that and I was only seeing “Top.”
Also, Maureen has a post about the article in the Seattle Times which includes a wrap up of Immanuel’s testimony.