ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) On the fifth day of the trial, analysts testified on the results of evidence presented to the court the previous day that has been submitted for analysis .
Burrell is accused of shooting and killing Brent Dombroski over a meth deal in Steuben County in June of 2012. Police said he then, along with his father Danny Burrell and friend Michael Forrester, led authorities on a high speed chase and shot at officers. That chase ended in northwest Ohio, where Burrell is said to have escaped into the woods.
As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, two forensic analysts had taken the stand to testify on the results of evidence from the crime scenes that had been submitted for analysis.
As of 1:30 p.m., the defense requested a quick recess and the state has rested.
The defense presented its case this afternoon. A witness testified to being a friend of Burrell and was inside the mobile home where the shooting happened. He claims after he heard the gunfire, he came out of his room. He said he saw Burrell standing near a table. This is the same table a crime scene investigator said Wednesday a trajectory of the bullet came from.
Another witness said he and his girlfriend lived in the mobile home where Dombroski was shot. He said one of the witnesses sold Burrell the gun that's believed to be used to shoot Dombroski, but that witness denied ever selling a gun to Burrell.
Just after 5 p.m., Burrell speaks for the first time during the trial asking the judge to speak, but the judge quickly denied his motion. The judge said he was already taking time to converse with his attorney about what he wanted to say and should continue to do so.
See Wednesday's story: Meth deal killing trial: Evidence from two police chases presented
The analysts told the court that no fingerprints had been found on the gun they believed was used to kill Dombroski. There was apparently a smudged fingerprint on the gun but analyzing it proved problematic. No fingerprints were found on bullet casings found inside the mobile home in which Dombroski was shot.
Tests on a carpet sample from the mobile home that had been submitted for analysis came back with a positive DNA match for Dombroski, as did a sample taken from the bed lining of the truck in which Dombroski was taken to the hospital.
Fingerprints samples from the truck and Dombroski's car, which the Burrells and Forrester are said to have fled in, did not return any positive matches.
"Killing over meth" and the ensuing manhunt
Zao Garth Burrell, 25, of Angola, faces a felony murder charge after police say he shot and killed Brent Dombroski over a meth deal on June 3, 2012. A manhunt for Burrell ensued after the shooting.
Police said Burrell shot Dombroski in front of seven other people and then left the scene with his father, Danny and a friend, Michael Forrester in Donbroski's car.
After the three dropped off Dombroski's car in Williams County, Ohio, they returned to the home in Fremont around 6:00 a.m., where a pursuit with police ensued.
When the pursuit ended, about a quarter of a mile east of County Road 1.50 near Columbia, Ohio, police said Zao Burrell got out of the vehicle, started shooting at the officer and then ran off. Danny Burrell and Forrester were said to have remained seated in the vehicle.
At that point, officers took the elder Burrell and Forrester to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and booked them on various charges.
Air and ground units from multiple agencies, including SWAT and K-9, were used in the search for Zao Burrell, but the major manhunt ended at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Police followed up on leads and tips to find him.
Zao Burrell was at large until about 4:30 p.m. the following afternoon when he was captured by Fort Wayne Police Department Vice Narcotics, Allen County
Narcotics, the F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force and the Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne.
Zao Burrell is not only charged with murder, but also faces charges of felony attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a police officer while fleeing the scene of the shooting, a felony count of carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction and Class A misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license.
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