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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Jurors in the first degree
murder trial of Dominique Smith took a field trip of sorts Thursday. They
loaded up on buses and actually toured the crime scene in a North Baton Rouge
Smith is accused of
slicing the throats of 3-year-old Juan Palmer, Jr., his mother 23-year-old
Jessica Palmer, and her daughter, 4-year-old Paige Johnson. Jessica Palmer's
6-month old baby girl was also with her at the park.
The crime happened in
2008, and Jessica and her son Juan died that night. Paige Johnson and her baby
sister survived. Paige took the stand against Smith, her father, in Wednesday's
portion of the hearing.
On Thursday, District
Court Judge Tony Marabella and the jurors went to the scene of the crime. They
walked around the area where Dominique Smith allegedly cut the throat of the
Detectives believe the
killings took place on a Sunday evening in 2008 at Doyle's Bayou Park on
Pride-Port Hudson Road. After the killings took place, the two young girls
spent the evening in the park. They were discovered Monday afternoon by a BREC employee
cutting grass. Johnson and her son were found in wooded area of the park.
Deputies praised the then
four-year-old with saving another life. According to investigators, after the
murders, the four-year-old, whose own throat had been cut, saved her baby
"If you can
imagine a little 4-year-old, who had been cut, pick up her 6-month-old infant
sister and carrying her out of those woods and get as far as she did to the
front of the park. That's just a miracle," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said back
in May 2008.
After the trip to the
crime scene Thursday, District Attorney Hillar Moore talked about why the jury
needed to see the scene. "It's to let them see with their own eyes instead of
just a piece of paper," said Moore.
The BREC employee who
found the little girls and the bodies of Jessica and her son Juan took the
stand Thursday after the trip to the crime scene. He testified about finding Paige
Johnson and her sister. He told the jury "I noticed the young lady… she had a
large cut on her neck."
The former girlfriend, and alleged accomplice of Dominique Smith took the stand
Tuesday. Trendall Mathews, who has already pleaded guilty, was on the stand most of Tuesday to
prove his role in the murders. Defense attorneys said Smith wasn't even
nearby when the murders happened. They said Smith was working out at a
During direct examination from prosecutor Darwin Miller, Mathews
admitted she corresponded often with Smith. "I would start off letters
to him addressed to ‘Pounder' he would call me ‘TCP' which means Thick
Chocolate Pleasure," testified Mathews under oath.
Mathews also described a video of her and Smith going through
Wal-Mart. She says you can see her picking out a bat at the store.
Mathews later testified that Smith used that bat to hit the back of
Jessica Palmer's head when he initially started the attacks.
Mathews testified that after he cut Jessica's throat he told her to
stay with Palmer. She later said she heard a fight between Smith and
Juan Palmer, Jr.
Mathews said she actually held Palmer's hands when
Smith cut his neck. She says she pushed the 3 year old into a small
ravine, he struggled to climb out when she said, "I pushed him back down
into the ditch."
The murder trial is expected to continue Friday and through the weekend.