Defense Rests Case in Johnny Calhoun Murder Trial

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Bonifay- In day four of the murder trial of Johnny Sketo Calhoun, the defense took less than three hours to present its case.

Defense Attorney Kimberly Dowgul called on ten witnesses. Among them were three residents who live near America's Precious Metals, Calhoun's father's business and where Calhoun lived. Each testified as to hearing something in the same area as Calhoun's trailer the night Mia Brown disappeared.

"Can you tell the jury what woke you up?," Dowgul asked resident Monica Crutchfield.

"A loud noise. I'm not sure what is was, just something loud," said Crutchfield.

"I just heard a large, a loud noise, like a clang, like a car wreck," said resident Darlene Madden when asked the same question.

Then Calhoun's father, John Sketo, took the stand. He told jurors Brown's purse was not in the trailer when he checked it before Calhoun's ex-girlfriend Brittany Mixon got there.

"No, no," said Sketo.

"So there was nothing right there, you would have almost had to step on it if it was right there correct?," asked Dowgul.

"Well yeah because the hall's about that wide," answered Sketo as he demonstrated how wide the hall is.

Two of Mixon's acquaintances, who drove with her the second time to Calhoun's trailer, also testified Monday. Angelia Curry provided more details that back up the defense's claim Calhoun was framed.

She told the jury Mixon did not go to the back of the trailer where Mixon claimed to have found Brown's purse.

"I never saw her reach down for anything. She just turned, it was all standing straight," said Curry.

Closing arguments start Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. The jury could start deliberating by noon.

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