A roommate of Gabrielle Nestande's boyfriend testified Wednesday morning about feeling physically sick when he heard the report of a fatal accident on Exposition Boulevard shortly after seeing damage on Nestande's car.
"I knew something bad had probably happened," said John Ball after seeing the caved in windshield on Nestande's BMW that was parked in his driveway on the morning of May 27, 2011.
It wasn't until he heard a news report of a fatal hit-and-run accident that he began putting the pieces together.
Ball said he noticed blue fabric stuck in the shattered windshield and called police after arriving at work and telling his bosses what he had seen and heard.
Courtney Griffin was wearing a blue shirt when she was killed.
A couple of different bartenders also testified about seeing Nestande the night before the accident.
Beverly Pruitt is a bartender at The Cloak Room, a bar near the Capitol known for being popular with politicians and staffers. She testified that Nestande came into the bar with a group of colleagues, but Pruitt had no recollection of Nestande holding or drinking an alcoholic beverage.
Michael McMillan, an employee at the Clive Bar, took the stand as bar tabs from the night before the accident were shown to the jury.
The bar tabs for Nestande and a group of friends show several beers, vodka drinks, and shots being purchased over an approximately three-hour span.
In total, 5 Clive Bar tabs with a total of 34 beers, 3 vodka drinks & 3 shots purchased were presented to the jury.Nestande's attorney battled back by having McMillan testify that just because drinks are charged to a person's tab does not mean they are the ones consuming the drink.
Jason Shuman was with Nestande at the Clive Bar and testified that everyone in their group of friends would take turns buying rounds for each other.
When asked how many drinks Nestande had at the bar, he estimated "give or take, three." During an interview with an investigator after the accident, Shuman placed the number of drinks Nestande consumed at four.
Nestande, a 25-year-old former Capitol aide, is facing felony charges of intoxication manslaughter, manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid in Griffin's death.
When Perry Minton asked if he believed Nestande to be intoxicated, he vaguely replied that nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary.
Shuman, who was a roommate of Nestande's boyfriend, returned home to find the black BMW with the window smashed. He was told that Nestande left but returned upset because someone threw a rock at her car.
The morning after the accident, Nestande's friend Dana Parish called her to go get breakfast. Nestande told her she was on her way to work and that a deer had hit her car.
Parish testified that other than being upset about her car, Nestande appeared okay.
Another witness testified that he met Nestande for the first time at the Clive Bar that night and the two struck up a conversation. He told jurors that Nestande had a drink in her hand most of the time he was at the bar.
He testified that she was friendly, but he did not see any obvious signs of intoxication.
Nestande's boyfriend, William Marchbanks, took the stand late Wednesday and the bulk of his testimony is expected to continue Thursday morning.
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