Defense rips Engleton police tape


POSTED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 6:27pm

It was day two in the murder trial of Brian Engleton, accused in the June 2011 stabbing death of his wife Deidre in northeast El Paso.

The first question was answered when Brian Engleton entered court this morning. There was some doubt he'd return after disrupting the trial yesterday, verbally challenging his own lawyer and interrupting the judge.

Several El Paso PD detectives filled the witness list today.  Most worked the murder scene that day of June 16, 2011, outside the beauty salon where the victim Deidre Engleton worked. Somebody stabbed her outside the building. Police picked up her husband.

Defense lawyer Frank Macias today questioned one police officer after another, asking Detective Mike Velez for example about the spray pattern of blood on the wall of the salon. ..Then the jury saw two important videos, one of them from a NewsChannel 9 story just after Engleton's arrest, when the suspect surprised even us and talked, blaming his wife and others for her death.

"I just want to say her mom her sister, her friend, Carol, the guy she was having an affair with, all of them are responsible for this".

Detective Pedro Lozano testified about his jailhouse interview with Engleton. In the video, Engleton says he was upset believing that his estranged wife was involved with another man, an army Sergeant Major..that he even hid at a truck stop on Horizon Boulevard one night trying to spot them together. Engleton began to sob in the interview as detectives moved in.. They asked, "Did you stab her?"After a long pause, he replied, "I don't want to go any further.  Do you know how she died? I'm not comfortable talking about it anymore."

The defense ripped into the video, getting Detective Lazano to admit only one of the the two interrogation cameras were working, and the jury can not see the detectives or their demeanor. They said the bars that roll through the video violate police policy that a recording MUST be accurate. and they say because there's no clock showing the time of day on the recording, the jury cant be sure that some parts of the interview aren't deleted..

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