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    Another delay, delay, delay.
    SMH. Pisses me off.
    Mostly for Nicole's family. So sad.

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    Judge says cellphone info will be allowed in Lovell murder trial
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    Information from David Edmond Eisenhauer’s cellphone can be used as evidence when he stands trial for the murder of Blacksburg 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, a judge ruled Thursday.
    Eisenhauer, 20, of Columbia, Maryland, is charged with first-degree murder, abduction, and concealing a body in connection with the Jan. 27, 2016 disappearance and death of Lovell. Prosecutors say that Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech engineering freshman at the time, formed a relationship with Lovell, then planned her death with another Tech freshman, Natalie Marie Keepers, also 20, of Laurel, Maryland.
    Eisenhauer allegedly lured Lovell from her home, stabbed her to death and covered her body in a wooded area in Montgomery County, then retrieved her body, and with Keepers, hid it again in Surry County, N.C.

    Keepers is accused of being an accessory before the fact to the murder and with concealing a body.
    She and Eisenhauer are scheduled for separate jury trials next month. As of Thursday , both trials were scheduled to begin Feb. 5 and run until Feb. 16

    n a Thursday hearing and in two orders filed afterward, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk dealt with motions that Eisenhauer’s defense team began arguing in October. Turk denied a motion to exclude from evidence Eisenhauer’s cell phone, which the defense had argued was unlawfully seized by police during questioning.
    Turk said that he would not rule until Feb. 5 on a defense motion to bar statements Eisenhauer made to police after invoking his right to have an attorney present. Turk said that he would wait on notice from prosecutors about which of Eisenhauer’s statements were likely to be used at trial.
    Turk also denied defense motions in Keepers’ case this week. In an order entered Wednesday, the judge denied a defense motion to reconsider his March decision to allow into evidence incriminating statements that Keepers made to investigators. Turk also refused to bar most physical evidence connected to those statements.

    Turk’s ruling left a number of incriminating statements as potential evidence against Keepers. In recordings played during hearings last year, Keepers said that she helped choose a spot for Lovell’s murder and assisted in taking the girl’s body to North Carolina.

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    Natalie Keepers trial rescheduled in Nicole Lovell murder

    Jan 24, 2018


    Natalie Marie Keepers is scheduled to stand trial in September for her alleged role in the death of Blacksburg teen Nicole Lovell.

    Keepers, 20, of Laurel, Maryland, was scheduled to begin a jury trial on Feb. 5 in Montgomery County Circuit Court on charges of being an accessory before the fact to murder and to concealing a body. But since November, when Judge Robert Turk rescheduled the jury trial of Keepers' co-defendant, David Edmond Eisenhauer, to the same Feb. 5 date, it has been clear that Keepers' case was going to move.

    The new date of Sept. 17 was posted online after an abruptly-scheduled hearing Tuesday.

    Ten days have been reserved for Keepers' trial.

    An equal time period, starting Feb. 5, has been reserved for Eisenhauer's trial on charges of first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body.

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    Ex-Virginia Tech student on trial in slaying of girl, 13
    Feb 5, 2018 Updated 15 hrs ago

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    As testimony gets underway in the trial of a former Virginia Tech student charged with killing a 13-year-old girl, jurors could hear from an unlikely witness for the defense: his alleged accomplice.
    David Eisenhauer, 20, of Columbia, Maryland, is charged in the 2016 stabbing death of Nicole Lovell, a middle school student from Blacksburg.
    A jury was chosen Monday, and opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon

    As prospective jurors listened to a list of potential witnesses Monday, one name jumped out: Natalie Keepers. She is the former Virginia Tech student prosecutors say met with Eisenhauer before Lovell disappeared and discussed ways to kill her.
    Eisenhauer's lawyers have filed a subpoena for Keepers to testify at Eisenhauer's trial, but her lawyers are fighting the move. In court documents, they said if called to testify, Keepers will invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
    "Most, if not all, of the testimony elicited from Keepers at the defendant's trial by either the prosecution or defense counsel would be incriminating," attorney Kristopher Olin wrote in a motion asking Judge Robert Turk to quash the subpoena. The judge did not immediately rule.
    Keepers, 21, of Laurel, Maryland, faces a separate trial in September on charges of being accessory before the fact and concealing a dead body.

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    Updates: Day 2 of the Eisenhauer trial begins in Nicole Lovell case
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    While being questioned by Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, Weeks said Nicole did not have a history of running away and she did not give Nicole permission to go anywhere with Eisenhauer or anyone else that evening.
    Pettitt asked when the next time Weeks saw Lovell was.
    As she fought back tears, Weeks replied: “In her coffin.”
    The commonwealth also submitted forensic evidence to the court and interviewed Assistant Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke Gayle Suzuki.

    1:27 p.m. Feb. 6
    In his opening statements, defense attorney John Lichtenstein suggested that Natalie Keepers, Eisenhauer's alleged accomplice, is responsible for the death of Nicole Lovell.
    "She was at the scene of this murder," he said. "She planned this event. She was involved and over half of her plans included her being at the scene."
    Keepers, a former Tech student from Laurel, Maryland, is scheduled to begin a jury trial Sept. 17 on charges of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and of concealing a body.
    Eisenhauer's defense team has subpoenaed Keepers to testify in this trial, but Keepers' attorneys, John Robertson and Kris Olin of Blacksburg, have filed a motion with the court to try to block that subpoena.
    While being questioned by Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, Weeks said Nicole did not have a history of running away and she did not give Nicole permission to go anywhere with Eisenhauer or anyone else that evening.
    Pettitt asked when the next time Weeks saw Lovell was.
    As she fought back tears, Weeks replied: “In her coffin.”
    The commonwealth also submitted forensic evidence to the court and interviewed Assistant Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke Gayle Suzuki.
    1:27 p.m. Feb. 6
    In his opening statements, defense attorney John Lichtenstein suggested that Natalie Keepers, Eisenhauer's alleged accomplice, is responsible for the death of Nicole Lovell.
    "She was at the scene of this murder," he said. "She planned this event. She was involved and over half of her plans included her being at the scene."
    Keepers, a former Tech student from Laurel, Maryland, is scheduled to begin a jury trial Sept. 17 on charges of being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and of concealing a body.
    Eisenhauer's defense team has subpoenaed Keepers to testify in this trial, but Keepers' attorneys, John Robertson and Kris Olin of Blacksburg, have filed a motion with the court to try to block that subpoena.

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    FYI, Unfortunately due to VA courtroom guidelines there will be no live streaming of the #DavidEisenhauer trial. Don't shoot the messenger though!

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    Former Va. Tech student David Eisenhauer pleads no contest to murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell
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    David Eisenhauer pleaded no contest Friday to all three charges he is facing in the 2016 murder of Blacksburg teenager Nicole Lovell.
    Eisenhauer, a former Virginia Tech freshman, has been on trial since Monday on charges of first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body.

    During jury selection, Eisenhauer loudly answered “not guilty” as Judge Robert Turk asked for a plea on each charge.
    The plea comes on the heels of a dramatic end to court proceedings Thursday, during which prosecutors called Blacksburg Police Department Detective Deziree Twigger to the witness stand and asked her to tell the jury about the cellphone she’d seized from Eisenhauer — and about the messages sent between Eisenhauer’s phone and that of Natalie Marie Keepers, who is charged with helping him kill Lovell, a 13-year-old middle school student.

    That set off a stream of objections from Eisenhauer’s attorneys, then about 40 minutes of out-of-the-courtroom discussions — first between Eisenhauer and his lawyers, then between prosecution and defense, then finally, after prosecutors had emerged smiling, between Turk and all the attorneys.
    When Turk returned, it was to send jurors home for the evening and to tell attorneys that whatever they wanted to say about the cellphones should be ready at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
    The Roanoke Times reported in May 2016 Eisenhauer and Keepers exchanged text messages in the days after Lovell’s murder, discussing how their own bodies smelled of cleaning solution and they were glad they did “overkill” because their lives were on the line, according to police testimony.

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    Former Va. Tech student David Eisenhauer pleads no contest to murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell
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    David Eisenhauer pleaded no contest Friday to all three charges he is facing in the 2016 murder of Blacksburg teenager Nicole Lovell.
    Eisenhauer, a former Virginia Tech freshman, has been on trial since Monday on charges of first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body.

    During jury selection, Eisenhauer loudly answered “not guilty” as Judge Robert Turk asked for a plea on each charge.
    The plea comes on the heels of a dramatic end to court proceedings Thursday, during which prosecutors called Blacksburg Police Department Detective Deziree Twigger to the witness stand and asked her to tell the jury about the cellphone she’d seized from Eisenhauer — and about the messages sent between Eisenhauer’s phone and that of Natalie Marie Keepers, who is charged with helping him kill Lovell, a 13-year-old middle school student.

    That set off a stream of objections from Eisenhauer’s attorneys, then about 40 minutes of out-of-the-courtroom discussions — first between Eisenhauer and his lawyers, then between prosecution and defense, then finally, after prosecutors had emerged smiling, between Turk and all the attorneys.
    When Turk returned, it was to send jurors home for the evening and to tell attorneys that whatever they wanted to say about the cellphones should be ready at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.
    The Roanoke Times reported in May 2016 Eisenhauer and Keepers exchanged text messages in the days after Lovell’s murder, discussing how their own bodies smelled of cleaning solution and they were glad they did “overkill” because their lives were on the line, according to police testimony.
    No contest is like the Alford plea right?
    Admit there's enough evidence to convict, but not admit guilt?
    I'll Google.
    If so this is great. I'm always happy when the family of the victim doesn't have to endure a trial.
    Although this one did start and her poor Mom had to testify and see the SOB.
    I'm wondering what will happen with Keepers trial now?

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    Googled, yep, no contest is the same as the Alford plea.

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    I really have no words for this case. an absolute waste all the way around.

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    #DonaldSmith - The defense rarely cross examined witnesses, they put on no witnesses of their own and they waived their closing argument.

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    #DonaldSmith - GUILTY on all counts. Murder, Rape, Kidnapping. Sentencing phase begins next Tuesday. Smith now faces the death penalty.




    The Trial Diaries

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    Donald Smith found GUILTY on all counts for the murder of Cherish Perrywinkle[/b].

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