Records of text messages and phone calls between Christopher Mark Wall and the women he is accused of killing were deleted from his phone after the November 2017 double murder, jurors heard on Friday shortly before prosecutors were told close their case.
Dating apps such as SnapChat, Tinder, Pure, E-naughty, Hangouts and joi — all described by District Attorney Investigator Jeff Swain as “hookup apps” — were also removed from the phone, the report said. investigator Marc Gray to the jury.
Wall, 38, of Weatherford, faces an automatic life sentence, without the possibility of parole, if convicted of capital murder in the fatal shooting of Ashley Pohorence and Kristra McClellan. Pohorence, 23, and McClellan, 21, died of gunfire. Wall’s attorney said he doesn’t deny shooting. Through attorney Andrew Deegan, the defendant claims that the women and Sierra McMahan, who escaped injury that night, had increasingly threatened him and demanded money after he invited two of them to his office through the now-defunct sex trafficking publication, Backpage.
Deegan previewed the defense he will begin to put together on Monday during his opening statement last week – only after meeting the women in a bank parking lot in Willow Park and paying them the final demand, Pohorence and McClellan attempted to force him into a car where McMahan waited, possibly with another person.
Taking the stand as the state’s final witness, Gray said he spent a month reviewing more than 250,000 data points on Wall’s phone. A data point is generated by, say, a text. The answer would create another data point, Gray explained.
And they never go away, he added.
“Are you available?” was deleted from Wall’s text message file, one of many interactions between him and the women. The same was done for him in August 2017, listing prices for a “massage,” $100 for half an hour, $170 for a full hour.
Gray’s “hookup apps” had also been removed from the cellphone.
Deegan also said one of the women showed Wall a handgun in her purse in a threatening manner, but prosecutors and witnesses, including McMahan, said the women never carried guns. , not even knives, in their extortion scheme.
McMahan testified earlier in the week that women were placing Backpage ads and when a man responding to one loudly asked for sex, he pretended to be offended and threatened to say so. to bosses, to wives, to others unless the man pays much more money.
Prosecutors also brought in experts from the Garland Department of Public Safety lab on Friday who linked bloodstains to Wall’s vehicle and a T-shirt and shoe seized from his home with the two slain women.
The testimony began with Weatherford Fire EMS operations chief Wesley McBride describing his discovery of a cell phone along Interstate 20 while responding to wreckage four days after the murders.
Another phone was later found on I-20 off Bankhead Highway. McBride passed this phone to the sergeant at Hudson Oaks. Marshall Clark, who later testified that he called the last contact dialed on that phone and a woman named Jasmine answered.
It is also the name of the daughter of Byron “Payday” Johnson, Pohorence’s boyfriend, according to testimony Thursday.
“And she was hysterical and told me I was calling from a dead woman’s phone,” Clark told the jury.
Kristen Poirer, a forensic biologist at the DPS lab, said she used known blood samples from the two women and a swab from the defendant to link the bloodstains on Wall’s t-shirt to a mixture of the his and that of Pohorence.
Blood on the chassis of Wall’s vehicle and one of its tires belonged to McClellan, as did blood on a shoe seized from Wall’s residence, Poirer said.