Grand Traverse County Murder Trial Day 1: Witnesses Take the Stand

“There is not a doubt that the defendant caused the death of Christopher Kleehammer.”

Opening statements and witnesses on the stand Monday for the first day of trial for a man accused of killing his neighbor in Grand Traverse County.

Dallas Walker is accused of killing his neighbor, Christopher Kleehammer, back in September.

He’s charged with open murder and tampering with evidence.

In court Monday, Walker was emotional through the opening statements.

A forensic scientist, Kleehammer’s neighbor and Kleehammer’s family testified.

The prosecutor said it is not a question of whether or not Walker killed Kleehammer. The question is his state of mind.

The defense says Walker was protecting himself from sexual attacks.

“When all the evidence is in, I think two things will be clear. One: that the defendant killed Chris Kleehammer; and two: that the killing was not justified by any stretch of the imagination,” said the prosecuting attorney.

Defense attorney Craig Elhart argued, “All of the evidence points that he was sexually attacked on that day. All of the evidence that you’ll see and hear will indicate that he was sexually attacked on that day and he defended himself.”

We will continue following this murder trial this week.

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