GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– On the second day of deliberations in the Paige Birgfeld murder trial, jurors asked the judge for all 7½ hours of video of the interrogation of the suspect. They wanted to review it in the jury room.
This was the third request by the jury. Jurors asked for a CD player and recordings of messages left on Birgfeld’s cellphone on Tuesday. The judge granted that request as well.
Lester Jones was arrested in November 2014 for the June 2007 murder of Birgfeld.
Authorities allege he killed Birgfeld, dumped her body and torched her car. He has been charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and arson.
Jones’ defense team objected to the interrogation tapes claiming that allowing the jury to play different parts of the tapes over and over again would be unfair to their client. The judge did not agree.
“There really is no unfair prejudice to the defendant and I don’t see the need to impose any restrictions on the jury’s access to the defendant’s video taped statement,” said 21st District Judge Brian Flynn.
Medical professionals have testified earlier in the trial that they couldn’t tell for sure how Birgfeld died. Her skeletal remains were found in 2012, in a dry creek bed in neighboring Delta County county.
Investigators say Birgfeld, twice divorced and living in Grand Junction about 200 miles west of Denver, led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients.
Jones was arrested after detectives questioned — and ruled out — at least eight other men, including Birgfeld’s former husband and several other clients.
Jurors will continue deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.