Day 3: Graham jury sees crime scene photos in double murder case

    Courtroom D at the Dimond Courthouse. (Photo by Greg Knight)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The double-murder trial of Laron Graham continued Thursday at the Dimond Courthouse in Juneau.

    Graham is accused of shooting to death two people Robert Meieres and Elizabeth Tonsmeire at a West Juneau apartment in November of 2015.

    A jury of nine women and five men were sworn in to hear the case against Laron Graham. A juror was dismissed on Wednesday.

    Prosecutors contend that Graham shot Meieres in the head after a drug deal went bad and the victim used a racial epithet. The state alleges that Graham then shot Tonsmeire because she witnessed the shooting.

    Thursday’s testimony began with Juneau Police Department Sergeant Sterling Salisbury. He told jurors that in November 2015 he responded to the scene of the murders, along with other officers.

    He was on the stand when prosecutor John Darnall showed the jury photos taken at the crime scene. The photos included scenes of the two deceased individuals.

    Graham told the court that he intends to testify at the trial.

    On Wednesday, JPD dispatcher Meghan Kennedy-Brown testified that she was on duty when Kelly Tonsmeire’s, Elizabeth’s father, call 911 in relation to finding her and Meieres’ bodies in her apartment. She told jurors she was the dispatcher that received the call from Kelly.

    Some of the 15 jurors were visibly shaken when they heard an audio recording of the emergency call, with at least one of the jurors seen wiping away tears after hearing the audio.

    On Tuesday, jurors heard testimony from William Reyes, who said the defendant was acting paranoid and smoked methamphetamine in the hours before the murder of Meieres and Tonsmeire.

    The entire jury will hear the case.  At the close of the trial, two alternates will be randomly selected and the remainder will consider the verdict.

    The case is expected to last up to six weeks. Testimony will continue next week.

     

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