Victim testifies in McJunkin Trial


Testimony began Aug. 29. The trial is expected to end Sept. 19. So far, jurors have heard opening arguments from the county attorney and defense team. Testimony from neighbors of the victim was also presented Aug. 29. This past week, law enforcement officials as well as the alleged victim took the stand.

The alleged victim told the court what happened the morning of Oct. 20, 2002. She said she first saw a man on her front porch. When she answered her door, he asked to use the phone and said he was from next door.

Next, she said he grabbed her from behind and began to choke her.

"When he grabbed me, he said, if you don't put up a fuss, you won't get hurt," she testified.

Next, she said she passed out and woke up in her bedroom. Her alleged assailant was attempting to rape her.

She tried to use her wits rather than physical strength to get out of the situation, but it was difficult, she testified.

"I was still on the bed and he was watching me like a hawk," she said.

She continued to explain the alleged rape that took place that morning. County Attorney Sheila Polk asked the victim if she could identify her assailant in the courtroom. She said it was McJunkin.

A paramedic who treated the victim testified on Thursday as well as Judy Denton, a sexual assault nurse examiner who works as the director of the emergency department at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott. She examined the victim on Oct. 20.

Denton explained how she collects evidence in cases like this and how samples are packaged and sent to crime labs for analysis.

She also told jurors about the injuries she saw on the victim and that sperm was found in the victim's mouth. Pictures of the victim from the day of the alleged rape were projected for the jury to see. Denton said all the markings on the victim's body were consistent with strangulation.

Friday started with brief testimony from Steve Schmidt, owner of a Camp Verde business that McJunkin had worked for.

Detective Steve Butler from the Cottonwood Police Department took the stand next. He went into the details of the investigation.

On cross-examination, defense attorney John Bryson asked why certain things weren't analyzed for DNA or fingerprinting.

Butler responded that once a DNA match was found, they stopped looking for other suspects.

The trial will continue Wednesday in the Division One courtroom of the Yavapai County Superior Court.


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