Eilander testifies in his own defense on second day of trial
Attorneys met today to determine if rebuttal witness may be used
Jury deliberations in the burglary and sexual abuse trial of Gary Lee Eilander are expected to begin today after District Court Judge Terry Rickers determined this morning that the state’s planned rebuttal witness would not be allowed to take the stand.
Assistant County Attorney Scott Nicholson said he planned to call the rebuttal witness — Bonnie Watson of Story City, formerly of Lynnville — to testify about events in January 2005 in response to Eilander’s testimony earlier in the trial.
Eilander’s attorney, public defender Jonathan Noble, objected to Watson’s testimony, stating her testimony — which described other alleged acts for which Eilander has not been charged — would be prejudicial and would neither prove or disprove the allegations in the current trial. Rickers agreed the testimony would be prejudicial and would violate Eilander’s due process rights.
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