GALLUP — Crime scene investigators on Monday said the pattern on the bottom of John Mayes' shoes was found throughout Dr. James Nordstrom's property, including where his body was found.
The investigators also said Nordstrom's blood was found on Mayes and his clothes when he was arrested June 10, 2011.
John Mayes, the 20-year-old adopted son of Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes, is on trial in Gallup. He is facing an open count of murder and other felonies in connection to Nordstrom's death. The doctor was beaten to death with his pool cue stick in his Farmington home in the Foothills neighborhood on June 9, 2011.
Mayes' trial started last week. The prosecution is expected to close its case late Monday, and the trial is expected to last through the end of the week.
Naomi Roberts, a crime scene technician for San Juan County, said Nordstrom's blood was found on Mayes, his shirt, his shoes and Nordstrom's pool cue stick.
She said Mayes' semen was found on a T-shirt hanging in a tree on Nordstrom's property. Prosecutors on Monday also called a witness who said Mayes searched pornography on his iPod after he fatally wounded the doctor.
Prosecutor's witnesses on Monday said that the style of shoe Mayes was wearing when was arrested was also found on a damaged door at another home in Nordstrom's neighborhood, indicating Mayes attempted to break into another home before he entered Nordstrom's, Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said in court.
Dr. Ross Zumwalt, the chief medical investigator for the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, said Monday that Nordstrom died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Zumwalt described Nordstrom's injuries as Capshaw showed pictures taken from the doctor's autopsy. In addition to numerous lacerations on the doctor's head, face and body. He had a broken skull, cheek bones, fingers, hands and nose, which were a result of the attack, Zumwalt said.
"The broken fingers and injuries on the hands and the on backs of arms are called defense injuries," Zumwalt said. "They are injuries often sustained if people hold up their hands to protect themselves from blows."
Mayes' attorneys have said they will argue in court that Mayes was acting in self defense from an unwanted sexual advance when he beat Nordstrom to death.
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