BOWLING GREEN — Friday morning saw a succession of secondary witnesses in the deprivation of rights trial against Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, deputy Aaron Bennett and Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force detective Eric Guffey in U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky in Bowling Green. Blood and bruises were the main topics of conversation, as four witnesses discussed seeing blood at the scene of Billy Randall Stinnett’s Feb. 24, 2010, arrest and treating Stinnett’s injuries.
Harold Feese, a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Glasgow, arrived about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2010, to attend Wednesday evening church activities. Upon arrival, he saw police vehicles everywhere, he said, and a lot of people were leaving as the crime scene was wrapped up. Feese stayed at the church that night to cover the hole in the church building where Stinnett had crashed his van, and the next day, he said he decided to go back to the church and check out the grassy area where Stinnett was allegedly beaten by the defendants.
“I seen a lot of blood back there,” Feese said.
He saw a puddle of blood about the size of a large grapefruit on the ground, Feese said, and there was blood splattered on an air conditioning unit and the outside wall of the church fellowship hall.
No one from the Barren County Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement had cleaned up the blood, he said, so it was still very fresh. He told Kelly Billingsley and some other men at the church what he saw, but he didn’t report it to an official agency.
Bridget Holbrook, a forensic scientist for the Kentucky State Police, was the second prosecution witness to testify Friday. Holbrook specializes in identification of body fluids, DNA analysis and blood stain pattern analysis, she said. She has worked on about 15 cases of blood stain pattern analysis in her career, Holbrook said, usually receiving about two or three cases a year. As she confirmed to defense attorney J. Guthrie True on cross examination, she works in her other areas of expertise much more frequently than in blood stain pattern analysis.