The fingerprints of Jeff West, who was charged in 2018 for the murder of his wife, Kat West, have been reportedly found on a bottle of Lucid Absinthe which is believed to have been used by Mr.West in the blow to his wife’s head, Al.com reported.
Both Steven Payne and an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency print examiner explained to jurors on Thursday how the fingerprints of Jeff West on the liquor bottle could easily be revealed to be some of the strongest evidence against Jeff West in the murder case, Al.com reported.
On Thursday, jurors listened to 90 minutes worth of an interview with Jeff West, conducted by Sgt. Mike Melhoff, a @CaleraPolice officer.
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The way the fingerprints of Jeff West’s left thumb and left ring finger are situated on the liquor bottle reportedly indicated that West might’ve been holding the bottle upside down. Meaning, instead of holding the bottle from it’s base, it was held from the “throat” of the bottle, an analyst explained, Al.com reported.
Jurors were shown screenshots of text messages between the couple, dating as far back to December and even in the week leading up to the death of Kat West, Al.com reported.
A text message from Kat West on Jan 6 said “this is the last time you will guck (sic) me over. You promised.” Kat West continued, according to Al.com, “You don’t want me fine. Someone will.”
“I always want you,” Jeff West answered.
Kat West also reportedly sent Jeff West an emoji of the middle finger in a text, while at some point during their messages she eventually replied, “stop texting,” Al.com reported.
Kathleen Dawn, “Kat” West, was an exhibitionist who was found dead face down and half naked across the street from her home on Jan. 13. 2018, Fox News reported. (RELATED: REPORT: Police Say Remains Found In Murder Investigation Point To Cannibalism)
According to Jeff West, he reportedly dropped off the couples daughter at school, and then spent the day hunting. Later that night, Jeff and Kat West ate dinner at Red Zone Bar and Grill, following which they stopped at a liquor store where Jeff West picked out a bottle of Jameson Whiskey and Kat West picked out a bottle of Absinthe Lucid.
After a quick stop at the grocery store, the couple returned home and each had six drinks, Jeff West reportedly told the police. At some point in the evening, Kat West changed into lingerie for photos, and Jeff West went to bed around 10:30 p.m., though data from his Health App shows that Jeff West took 18 steps between 11:03 p.m. and 11:10 p.m.
A medical examiner is set to testify on Friday, Nov. 20 as the final witness for the state. However, while it is unclear whether Jeff West will testify, his mother-in-law, Nancy Martin is reportedly supposed to testify for Jeff West’s defense, Al.com reported.
Daniel McBrayer and Ben Fuller, Shelby County Assistant District Attorneys are the prosecutors on this face, with John Robbins, Defense Attorney representing Jeff West. Circuit Judge Bill Bostick is overseeing the case.