MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The voice of Justine Ruszczyk Damond filled the courtroom Wednesday as the audio from her two 911 calls of a possible sexual assault played out.
Hearing her voice again left a visceral effect on Damond's brother, who appeared distraught in the front row of the gallery.
But it would be a different piece of audio evidence that would spark a reaction from Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis police officer standing trial in Damond's death.
Following an emotional day of testimony from Justine's fiance Don Damond, the prosecution turned to a Minneapolis 911 data manager and a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension data extraction expert. Now that Don Damond has given his testimony, he will be able to sit and the courtroom and watch the rest of the trial.
The prosecution played Damond's two 911 calls. The transcript of the calls had been previously released by the Minneapolis police. She had called twice that evening to report a possible sexual assault near her home at 51st Street and Washburn Avenue South.
In addition to Damond's calls, the jurors also heard the radio traffic from Noor and Officer Matthew Harrity's squad car, labeled No. 530.
"Squad 530, female screaming behind building."
"Uh, shots fired. We need EMS. Code 3."
"530, where are you at? We're in the mouth of the alley."
"530, I'm starting CPR."
"530 there are no suspects at large."
During the defense's cross examination of the police scanner audio, Noor seemed to become extremely involved. He appeared to be pointing out information on the computer or attempting to explain something to attorney Tom Plunkett.
Just before the lunch break, a BCA agent introduced to the jury crime scene video and photos showing the aftermath of the shooting. In some angles, jurors could see Justine's barefoot body covered with a white sheet.
The Hennepin County Assistant Medical Examiner went over findings from Damond's autopsy. Damond died at 11:51 p.m. of a gunshot wound to the chest; the manner of death was homicide. X-rays and autopsy photos showed the bullet went through her stomach, small intestines, cut through the iliac artery and stopped at the vertebrae. The assistant medical examiner found 1.6 liters of blood in Damond's abdominal cavity, which means not even quick medical intervention would have saved her. Toxicology tests showed there were no drugs or alcohol in Damond's system at the time of the shooting.
Also introduced as evidence were the pajamas Damond was wearing that night: a pink t-shirt that read "Koala Australia" and pants with a koala image.
Wednesday's court session ended with testimony from a BCA agent who collected fingerprints from the squad car after the shooting. Noor's defense team made the point that just because Damond's fingerprints weren't found on the vehicle, didn't mean she didn't touch it before she was killed. Whether or not Damond thumped the car before approaching the officers has become a point of debate between the defense and prosecution.
Another point the defense made was how dark it was in the alley at the time of the shooting.
The judge released a memorandum Wednesday, disclosing what the officers' body cameras reveal. The video and audio on Noor’s and his partner’s recordings is said to show them administering CPR to Damond and speaking to her before fire and paramedics arrived. Her labored breathing can be heard minutes before she's declared dead.
Due to the incoming weather, Judge Kathryn Quaintance said they plan to start court on Thursday at 10 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.