The trail for JonCasey William Rowell -- the man accused of fatally shooting a transgender woman in 2016 -- continued on its third day Thursday.
Around 3 a.m.on Jan 22, 2016, Rowell allegedly shot and killed Monica Loera at her home, which is located along East Powell Lane. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered an ID card that belonged to Rowell and some money. Police then identified Rowell as the prime suspect.
During the first day of the trial on Oct. 31, four witnesses took the stand including two of Loera's roommates and two of her neighbors. The two roommates stated that they heard the gunshots, but did not see who shot Loera. The two neighbors, however, stated they heard Loera arguing with a man and said they saw a man coming back and forth from Loera's door.
Kim Reed, Austin Police Department crime scene specialist, was called to the stand Thursday morning and confirmed where evidence was found at the scene the day Loera was shot and killed.
Mohammed Siddiqui, who is with Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, also took the stand.
Siddiqui stated that he was tasked with locating Rowell and said that he found him at a trailer park and arrested him without incident. Rowell allegedly then asked him what they were there for.
Thursday afternoon, an investigator with the Travis County District Attorney's Office testified. He was in charge of extracting data from three of Rowell's devices, a computer and two phones.
He said he couldn't find anything on Rowell's computer or work phone, but his personal phone had several Internet searches made in the hours leading up to and after Loera's murder.
He said there were searches on Google for "how to get away with murder," and on Backpage.com there were searches for "transsexual escorts." One was made on Jan. 22 at 2 a.m. Authorities say Loera was murdered about one hour later. Following her murder, there were clicks to news articles regarding the fatal shooting in North Austin.
After this evidence was presented, the defense made a motion to remove this evidence from record, then made a motion mistrial which the judge dismissed.
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