Closing arguments in Willis trial expected to come Wednesday afternoon

Jeffrey Willis, now serving a life sentence on murder and kidnapping convictions, is in a new trial for the death and kidnapping of Jessica Heeringa in 2013. Opening arguments were delivered Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (WWMT)

The murder trial for Jeffery Willis resumes today, with more testimony from the lead detective on the Jessica Heeringa case taking the stand.

Testimony wrapped up this afternoon for the Norton Shores lieutenant, who is the prosecution's last witness to take the stand.

Since Willis may not testify, the prosecutor appeared to have lieutenant Michael Kasher answer questions he would normally ask Willis.

Kasher testified that Willis drove the 2006 Dodge Caravan authorities found and also admitted to owning computer tower with two hard drives that contained thousands of images of pornography and murder-rape-kill videos.

“He told me that he and his wife were no longer involved in sexual relations and that it was a quote ‘outlet for him,’” Kasher told the prosecutor upon recollecting the investigation details.

The defense will now have an opportunity to call witnesses to the stand. Willis's attorney advised his client not testify in his own defense. Closing arguments are expected to be made this afternoon before the case goes to the jury.

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