GENESEO — In day three of the murder trial of Danielle Allen, the prosecution submitted multiple pieces of bloodstained evidence as testimony took place regarding what happened as Allen had her wounds treated at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Allen, who is charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter in the death of Marcus Postell, spent nearly 7 hours with Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies in the hospital as they recorded their conversations, without her knowing and without issuing her any miranda rights. Allen wasn’t advised of Postell’s death until approximately 7 a.m.
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“We were having a conversation,” said Michael Williams, a Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigator and forensic specialist, during cross-examination. “We talked about a lot of things, not just what happened.”
According to Williams, he was trying to ‘find out what happened’ as he spoke with Allen while her wounds were being treated. He did not consider the conversation as questioning. There were two additional Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies working with Williams at the hospital, as well.
Williams showed jurors the murder weapon and revealed that only DNA swabs were obtained – no fingerprints.
Also of note, was the multiple locations of massive amounts of blood including the bathroom where the sink handle, floor, and toilet had evidential matter obtained.
Repeatedly, prosecutors circled around an Xbox that was in a plastic bag next to Postell’s body with no cables.
After the break, the jury received evidence corresponding to DNA samples from the scene as well as Allen’s testimony to the grand jury.
The DNA evidence showed that both Allen’s and Postell’s blood was on the knife, couch cushion, and bathroom faucet area. Only Allen’s blood was on the TV stand in the living room and the bathroom toilet area where the sample was taken.
The last piece of evidence presented to the jury on this day was Allen’s testimony to the grand jury.
In this testimony, the jury heard Allen’s side of the story of what happened that night.
According to Allen’s testimony then, she and Postell were watching “Ouiji” and taking shots everytime they got scared; later she talked about the relationship not working out. This is when she said Postell got mad and she ran to the kitchen where he held her against the wall and punched her in her face.
She broke free, grabbed the knife, and ran towards the living room where she was thrown to the smaller couch and proceeded to be pinned by Postell. She then got her knife-wielding arm free and stabbed Postell. After Postell fell off of her, she ran into the bathroom and called 911.
After this call, she left her apartment to try and hide in one of the cars parked outside. Failing to open the doors of the cars, she went back inside. Allen went to her bedroom where she retrieved a comforter and went to hide in the closet.
She claimed in her testimony that she didn’t know how the bottle of Jack Daniels got into her bedroom or how the furniture got knocked down.
The trial will continue on Monday. Stay with the Genesee Sun for daily updates.