Crime scene investigators testify in Carr trial



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Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 6:21 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Crime scene investigators and cell phone analysts testified in day three of Joe Carr’s murder trial.

Carr, a former firefighter, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Veronica Navarro, in 2011 after her body was discovered in Lake Travis wrapped in a tent, weighed down by paint cans.

First up, lead investigator Sylvia Leal detailed Carr's arrest near the Canadian border shortly after some dock workers found Navarro's body.

Leal flew to North Dakota and found his vehicle stuffed with food, clothes, personal documents and a medicine that helps you stay awake. She also testified Carr withdrew more than $1,800 from the bank.

Evidence from his Spicewood home included a tent bag matching the one wrapped around Navarro’s body and a rope ladder with intricate knots. A crime scene specialist said those knots are like the ones used to tie the paint cans to Navarro’s body.

Leal told jurors they searched his house twice. "On that first search warrant we were on a time crunch. I wanted to make sure we didn't miss anything, and we did perform more of a methodical search this time," Leal said.

After lunch Carr’s ex-girlfriend, May Patterson, briefly testified about Carr's tents the couple took on a camping trip a few years ago.

Next a cell phone analyst testified about Navarro’s last phone call on June 27 from her ex-boyfriend. June 28, all calls went straight to voicemail.

Prosecutors still have more witnesses to call. Testimony picks back up Friday.