Gruesome Evidence Shown in Joshua Littlewolf Murder Trial

By KBJR News 1

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Day three of the Joshua Littlewolf Murder Trial has wrapped up in Duluth.

The medical examiner and one of the lead investigators took the stand today to share gruesome evidence from the scene.

Early Thursday morning Dick Nelson, Medical Examiner for St Louis County, took the stand.

Nelson noted a pool of blood surrounding victim Joshua Olson, and lacerations to his neck.

The cause of death for Joshua Olson was listed as a laceration to the neck with separation of airways between the hyoid and thyroid glands and multiple cuts to blood vessels in the neck.

Dr. Donald Kundel, who performed the autopsy, died last September in a plane crash but his report was called into question.

Littlewolf repeatedly asked Nelson how Dr. Kundal came to the conclusion that Olson died between the hours of 2 and 3 am.

Littlewolf was seen on surveillance video leaving the Frances Skinner Apartments around 3:08 a.m. He has never contested that fact.

Nelson said the time of death was noted as 8:19 a.m. when the first 9-1-1 call came in, but Kundel's report didn't match that.

One of the lead investigators, Dan Saletel, testified that there were seven to eight smaller cuts made in Olson's neck along with the fatal wound.

Saletel says there was a chunk of hair found clutched in Olson's right hand, possibly indicating a struggle, and hair on Olson's collar of his shirt.

Saletel says it appears Olson's body was moved before police got there because investigators found a flat spot on his back as if he had been lying on his back for some time. But he was on his right side when police arrived.

A small knife was found next to Olson's body, but it was clean and investigators believe it may have planted there because it looked out of place.

A large knife was found in the kitchen that police said appeared to have been cleaned but blood was found in the seam of the handle and on the serrated edges, indicating a possible murder weapon.

The jury got a look at both knives Thursday, along with pictures of Olson's wounds and the blood spattered apartment.

The trial is going to continue into next week.

We spoke with Littlewolf's legal advisor who said Littlewolf is going to see how the case goes before making a decision about taking the stand.

If he does, adviser Rex Laaksonen says it will simply be to make a statement.

Littlewolf subpoenaed 50 people to testify for the defense, but he probably won't get his turn until late next week.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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