State rests case, defense chooses not to present case, in Michael Lang murder trial
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - On the third day of testimony in the trial for Michael Lang, the man accused of killing an Iowa State Patrol trooper, prosecutors called the state medical examiner to the stand.
The shooting, that killed Iowa State Patrol Trooper Sergeant Jim Smith, happened in April of last year in Grundy Center.
Authorities say an officer tried to pull over Lang in a traffic stop. It led to a scuffle, a chase, and then a standoff at Lang’s home.
In the last two days of testimony, authorities explained what they saw and heard during the shooting.
On Thursday, the state medical examiner explained what he found while performing the autopsy on Sergeant Smith, and explained how injuries in his chest and leg would be fatal.
The medical examiner said his opinion for the manner of death is homicide.
During cross-examination, defense attorneys asked for clarification on that opinion. He said that homicide simply means death at the hands of another, but does not determine whether a crime occurred, or what type of crime occurred.
After his testimony, the state rested their case, and the defense didn’t present a case to the jury.
The trial is in recess until Monday.
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