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Crime scene investigator details blood evidence in fatal stabbing trial
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Emmanuel Harris enters Hal County Superior Court Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, for day two of his murder trial. Harris is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Jordan Gooch at an Oakwood apartment. - photo by Scott Rogers

A crime scene investigator took the stand Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the murder trial for Emmanuel Harris, saying the evidence did not show much of a struggle between Harris and his girlfriend, Jordan Gooch.

The jury heard the second day of evidence regarding Gooch’s death Sept. 14, 2021. Assistant District Attorney Kelley Robertson said Gooch, 27, was stabbed three times at a Walden Way apartment in Oakwood.

Harris, 32, who has asserted self-defense, faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

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Emmanuel Harris sits in Hall County Superior Court Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, for day two of his murder trial. Harris is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Jordan Gooch at an Oakwood apartment. - photo by Scott Rogers

On Monday, Nov. 14, the attorneys previewed the case for the jury, and Jordan Gooch’s sister and mother testified about the days surrounding the stabbing.

Tuesday’s witnesses focused on law enforcement and analysts of evidence collected in the case.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Taylor Lawrence said a red substance was found on the corner of the sink in the Walden Way home, which tested as suspected blood.

Because the sink is a common place where blood might collect, she said on cross-examination whether the sample found had anything to do with the stabbing.

The knife was in two pieces, and Gooch was on the carpet. Gooch’s mother, Deneen Boyd, testified Monday about lifting up a blanket on top of her daughter.

“It’s typically when we see that, the person who committed the crime is remorseful,” Lawrence said.

On cross-examination, Lawrence said there was no blood found in the shower or the laundry room. Defense attorney Jake Shapiro said in his opening statement Monday that this showed that there was no clean-up afterward and that his client was not trying to conceal his involvement.

Lawrence testified about a blood pooling in the middle of the couch and running down the side of it.

Other than the stab wounds, Lawrence did not see evidence of a “large struggle.”

Robertson asked if there was any evidence of Gooch fighting back.

In the crime scene investigator’s experience, Lawrence said people fighting back from being stabbed typically suffer major wounds on their hands as well as the suspect. She only noted one possible defensive wound on her wrist.

Robertson said the prosecution could potentially get through the remainder of their evidence Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The trial will resume 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Hall County Sheriff's Office investigator Donna Bennett gives testimony Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hall County Superior Court during the murder trial of Emmanuel Harris. Harris is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Jordan Gooch at an Oakwood apartment. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Hall County Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden presides Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, over the Emmanuel Harris murder trial. Harris is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Jordan Gooch at an Oakwood apartment. - photo by Scott Rogers