Defense continues to push evidence in Greeley double murder suspect’s trial – Greeley Tribune

A witness testified Thursday that he found two spent bullet casings in the pocket of the 50-year-old man accused of murdering two Greeley residents during his arrest in February 2020.

Kevin Dean Eastman is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Heather Frank and well-known regional musician Stanley Scott Sessions in February 2020.

Prosecutors charged Eastman with slitting Sesses’ throat in the entryway of Frank’s Greeley home before dumping his body in Larimer County. A snowplow driver found Sessions’ body.

Nearly a week later, Eastman was arrested for Sessions’ murder. Later that day, Frank’s body was found with two gunshot wounds to the chest at a rural estate in Kersey where Eastman was employed and lived.

Kevin Eastman. (Weld County Sheriff's Office / For the Greeley Tribune)
Kevin Eastman. (Weld County Sheriff’s Office / For the Greeley Tribune)

Eastman’s arrest

Weld County Assistant District Attorney Steve Wrenn and Yvette Guthrie continued to lead the jury through additional law enforcement reports on the physical evidence after focusing on the matter for most of Wednesday.

Finally, Wrenn called Deputy Jeremey Coleman of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office to the witness stand to unravel evidence of two spent .22 caliber firearm casings that were on Eastman’s body during his arrest – a quantity consistent with the two bullet holes, which caused Frank’s death.

In addition, Eastman had in his pocket three unused cases that Coleman found while arresting the suspect.

The total of six cases taken in evidence is notable, according to Wrenn, who previously discussed the .22 caliber ammunition containing 44 of 50 live cartridges found in the Kersey property’s garage during a law enforcement search.

A large amount of cash, cigarettes, a lighter and a knife were also with Eastman at the time of his arrest, Coleman said.

Vehicle evidence allegedly linked to murders

Civil detective Darcie Fedlack, who continued her testimony the previous day, testified that a black mat near the entrance of Frank’s home was moved during a search to reveal large bloodstains containing a white powdery substance. Small bloodstains were found on the couch.

In Frank’s living room was a bag containing a box for the same phone, which was later found in Eastman’s vehicle during another search by Fedlack.

Various cleaning materials, including baking soda, were also discovered in Eastman’s vehicle, which Wrenn says could explain the white powder on the bloodstains. One of the judges asked if the white substance had ever been tested, and Fedlack replied it wasn’t because it got on the glove when rubbed.

Defense attorney Samatha Deveraux also had questions about Wrenn’s reasoning. There was never any documentation on how much baking soda was gone or if it was used at all, Deveraux said.

In previous testimonies, Sessions’ father mentioned that his son took boomerangs from a trip to Australia and that Fedlack found a wooden boomerang in Eastman’s car.

Deveraux argued there was no significant evidence anyone was killed in Eastman’s vehicle.

The cross-examination also touched on Fedlack’s time at Sessions autopsy, where she collected and photographed many items found on the body. Deveraux focused on a strand of hair found in Sessions’ hand. Although Fedlack said it matched the length of Sessions, she couldn’t deny the possibility that the hair belonged to Frank.

The defense has suggested Frank as an alternative suspect, and she’s not the only one.

Kersey owner

Sierra Martinez, a former deputy in the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, participated in a search conducted at the Kersey property where Eastman worked and lived, including a search of the house where his boss lived.

While evidence found on other parts of the property remained the focus of prosecutors, the defense used what was found in the home to shift focus to Eastman’s boss.

In the owner’s bedroom, two airguns, a 20-gauge shotgun, and a brown .22-caliber rifle were found in a dusty suitcase, according to Martinez, a long time ago.

Martinez said there were nine knives in the drawers of the bedside table in the bedroom. Deveraux argued that the ammunition found in the lunch box, which prosecutors are trying to link to Eastman, matched in appearance to the completely full box found at the property owner’s home during Guthrie’s examination.

Another important find was a size 13 boot found in the bedroom of the house because a bootprint found near Session’s body showed similarities – one of the main factors in Deveraux’s argument for introducing him as an alternative suspect.

Eastman’s Connections to Evidence

Fedlack’s time on the stand this week was also linked to discussions about Frank’s bedroom during a house search. The bed was completely stripped and women’s clothes were strewn inside and around a suitcase on the floor. This led the defense to believe Frank was attempting to flee the scene while Wrenn focused on their bed, which was missing a bed skirt.

The bed skirt was a key focus among the evidence prosecutors are using against Eastman. Guthrie questioned Andrew Annan, a deputy for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, about what he “believed to be a ‘bed skirt'” after the discovery.

Several items were found in a burn pit on the Kersey property. Eastman was seen tending to the fire by an investigator on the morning of his arrest — an indication he was trying to get rid of the evidence, law enforcement believes.

Along with melted plastic and wire, both of which were used to wrap murder victims, Annan documented the find of a red bed skirt that Wrenn had previously found would have matched the curtains in Frank’s room.

Deveraux called Annan for “guessing,” which drew an objection from Guthrie, who pointed out that her witness had made a clear observation of what he found.

After Kopcow asked the defense to restate the question, Annan clarified that his observation was based on “life experiences” to determine if the item looked like a bed skirt.

Annan, who also testified that he used a metal detector on the property, said no bullets, shells, knives or firearms were buried on the property.

However, Weld County Assemblyman Patrick Adams said a garage on the property had probative items that could show a connection to Eastman, including a large black tool box lined with wire, Eastman’s paperwork and a hunting knife.

A knife was retrieved from another smaller red tool box, he testified. The garage search also resulted in the discovery of a lunch box containing four squares of paper with notes that included Eastman’s name and social security number. The same lunch box was red-stained with the six missing shell casings from the ammo box, as well as white gloves.

Even with a thorough search of the garage, Deveraux said Adams was unable to find any firearms or shell casings. She emphasized through cross-examination that the garage showed no bloodstains or signs of battle.

Adam’s involvement in the investigation did not end at Kersey’s property, he said. He also searched several locations in Weld County using GPS tracker data from Eastman’s vehicle, which showed his car had traveled to other key locations after Sessions died until his arrest.

However, no evidence was found at these locations other than a towel and tire tracks.

All of the sites were relatively flat and open rural areas, making them easily visible and searchable, Deveraux confirmed through her interview with Adams. She asked why none of the law enforcement officers decided to take prints as evidence.

Adams explained that he usually scales and photographs tire tracks rather than taking footprints, but he decided against it, Deveraux said. When asked by a juror, Adams said a metal detector was not used in the searches, but probably should have been.

Deputies from the Larimer and Weld County Sheriff’s Offices Aaron Horwitz, Dan Black and Pete Mescher also commented Thursday.

Eastman’s trial will resume Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Weld District Court.

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