CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - An investigator on the stand Tuesday in the capital murder trial of David Strickland told the court that for the first two years of their investigation into the homicide, Strickland was not their lead suspect, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Strickland was arrested for the shootings of Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa in a Portland Park back in July of 2012. Olgin, who was 19 at the time, died from her injuries. Chapa was severely injured and had to undergo years of rehabilitation. The capital murder trial began Monday.
During the investigators testimony Tuesday, the Caller-Times reports that jurors were told that police initially suspected a Nevada man in the shootings. DNA evidence had been found on cigarette butts and a drink near the women's bodies. That suspect was wanted in a Nevada home invasion and was staying in Portland at the time. The investigator said similarities between that home invasion and the Portland park shootings were considered, but that the home invasion did not involve a sexual assault like the Portland case did.
Strickland and his wife were arrested in 2014. Charges against his wife were later dropped. Prosecutors said a letter written by Strickland's wife contained information about the case that had not been released to the public.