Former Portland police chief, lead investigator take stand in Strickland trial

Former Portland Police Chief Gary Giles took the stand Wednesday in the capital murder trial of David Strickland, the man accused of sexually assualting and shooting both Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa in the head at a Portland Park back in the summer of

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Former Portland Police Chief Gary Giles took the stand Wednesday in the capital murder trial of David Strickland, the man accused of sexually assaulting and shooting both Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa in the head at a Portland Park back in the summer of 2012.
 
Olgin, who was 19 at the time, was killed in the assault. Chapa survived but faced years of rehabilitation from her injuries.
 
On the stand Wednesday, Former Chief Giles testified that he was disappointed with the initial progress of the investigation and even reprimanded the lead investigator at the time, appointing former Portland Police Officer Aaron Vuelleman to take his place. Giles said the case was not well organized initially and was hard to follow.
 
Vuelleman, who is currently an Aransas Pass police officer, took the stand after Giles. He read the entire letter describing the crime to the courtroom. That letter was tied to Strickland and included details of the sexual assault and shooting that had not been released to the public -- details that had many in tears during court Wednesday.
 
It was that letter that eventually led to the arrest of Strickland at a Helotes home in 2014. The letter was written from the perspective of a hired hit man. Prosecutors said they were able to trace the letter to Strickland's computer.
 
The trial will continue over the next few days. 3News will keep you updated.


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