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Day 3 of live blogging the rape trial of Ernest Ernie Willis by Amy Coveno of WMUR
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  Live Wire | Day 3 Of Ernest Willis Trial | Liveblog live blogginghttp://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Day_3_Of_Ernest_Willis_Trial?Page=0[6/28/2011 4:07:05 AM] Kevin Clay/Staff Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  Get HeadlinesSent To YourEmail Or Phone   Homepage> LIVE WIRE Day 3 Of Ernest Willis Trial News 9's Amy Coveno Providing UpdatesFrom Court < Oldest123Newest > Who's BloggingRecent Liveblogs   HomeWeatherLocal Newsu localPoliticsNational NewsTrafficEntertainmentNH ChronicleSportsHealthProject EconomyFoodCommunityIrresistibleSummerRoad TrippinDestinationDowntownLocal ExpertsAll About PetsAutomotiveUsed CarsFamilyDatingJobsReal EstateHome ImprovementEducationTravelChampions In ActionGrow YourBusiness Hot Topics:Fireworks | Lottery Winners | Sandcastles | NH Primary SiteWeb Yellow Pages As Seen On WMUR Pastor Charles Phelps will be back on the stand this morning by Kevin Clay/Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 2011 08:15:38 The trial is expected to continue at 10 a.m. this morning by Kevin Clay/Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 2011 09:17:41 Good Morning. Courtroom 1 is open. 30 minutes ago theattorneys for both sides and the defendant Ernest Willisfield into court and started to get settled. Then the entireparty departed and it appears a conference is underway,perhaps last minute motions to present to the judge, we'renot certain. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:21:12 Courtroom one is full this morning. Tina Anderson's brotherand many supporters are here but Tina herself is not in thecourtroom. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:22:01by Melanie Blair at Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:23:21  Amy, how does Tom look today and is Jocelyn in thecourtroom?Good Morning Melanie. Tom is seated next to Jocelyn and Enter EmailSearch  Live Wire | Day 3 Of Ernest Willis Trial | Liveblog live blogginghttp://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Day_3_Of_Ernest_Willis_Trial?Page=0[6/28/2011 4:07:05 AM]  both seem to be in a good frame of mind this morning. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:27:01 It appears we are about to begin. Both legal teams justreturned to the courtroom. Ernest Willis is at his customary seat at the defense table and Pastor Phelps is seated in the witness stand. Judge Smukler and jury have to arrive. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:28:14  We're told Tina Anderson will remain out of the courtroomuntil Pastor Phelps is through testifying. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:29:01 The jury and the judge have just arrived. Judge Smukler isasking the jury about their inadvertant mediaexposure...none raises their hand to acknowledge any mediaexposure to this case. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:32:13 Pastor Phelps is reminded he is under oath. The state iscontinuing their direct examination regarding the churchdiscipline that occurred in front of the congregation. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:32:54  Again, Pastor Phelps is speaking directly to the jury andreferring to his notes from 1997 regarding what he said tothe congregation during the 'church discipline' when Tina Anderson and Ernie Willis admitted 'sins' before thecongregation. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:35:52 Pastor Phelps says these incidents were presented as TinaDooley seeking forgiveness for allowing a compromisingsituation. Ernie Willis apologized for going outside hismarriage. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:36:39 Pastor Phelps is now reading Ernie Willis' statement that hemade in 1997 about going outside his marital vows aloud tothe jury. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  edited by Kirk Enstrom/Staff  atWednesday, May 25, 2011 10:37:30 Defense asks to approach the bench at the conclusion of theletter being read. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:38:46  We are taking a brief recess. It appears the defense hassome objection to the reading of Ernie Willis' statement tothe congregation in 1997 aloud to the jury. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:42:03  Live Wire | Day 3 Of Ernest Willis Trial | Liveblog live blogginghttp://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Day_3_Of_Ernest_Willis_Trial?Page=0[6/28/2011 4:07:05 AM] The defense team and Ernie Willis just reentered thecourtroom. The prosecutor is having a discussion withDonna Brown who represents Ernie Willis. We are still waiting for the judge and jury to return. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:56:09 Judge Smukler has returned to the bench and isconferencing with the attorneys. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201110:58:21  After a lengthy bench conference it appears the trial is aboutto get underway. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:13:30 The Judge is now addressing the jury. Reference thetestimony that was read aloud - the judge is referring toErnie Willis' fifth amendment rights- whereas he can orcannot speak in court during this trial- the decision is his.His decision either way is not to be construed as anadmission of guilt, according to Judge Smukler. The judge isasking jurors if they have difficulty following that instructionto please raise their hand...none do. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:17:09 Now the state is asking Pastor Phelps for the statement that Tina was made to read. The Pastor says he read thestatement aloud and he is now reading the statement to the jury. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:17:43 'It's with a heavy heart that I come before you to seek yourforgiveness as I have already asked forgiveness of the Lord,that in the past couple of months I have been incompromising situations... by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:18:53 Pastor Phelps is now testifying about the length of time thatTina stayed in their home. The debate is whether it's onenight or longer. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:19:33 State: Tina told you she didn't understand why she wasgoing before the congregation in that service when you readthat statement. Pastor: She crafted the letter. Tina clearly understood what the service was about. State: in yourdayplanner you wrote Tina having a hard time with guilt by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:23:15 Pastor: I read to Tina from Deuteronomy 22. The passage isabout a maiden in a field and she is accosted by a man, the  Live Wire | Day 3 Of Ernest Willis Trial | Liveblog live blogginghttp://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Day_3_Of_Ernest_Willis_Trial?Page=0[6/28/2011 4:07:05 AM] maiden screamed and no one was there to help her. Thenthe passage refers to a maiden in a city who is accosted by aman, she didn't scream. There is the appearance of complicity. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:24:29 Pastor Phelps says he told Tina we are in a city we want tohear you and help you. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:24:49 Pastor now reading verbatim from the bible the passage heread aloud to Tina when she was pregnant and 16 years oldat the State's request. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:25:44 Pastor says I was reading this passage to a 16 year old girl who had not been truthful with me but I did not imply thatshe would be stoned. That's a ridiculous application, saidPastor Phelps. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:27:24 Now the defense on cross examination of Dr. Phelps. DonnaBrown is asking about the report he made to Concord policein 1997. Before he made that report he spoke with both Tinaand Ernie Willis. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:28:13 My notes from Ernie are that he was the aggressor but thatshe did not protest and he thought it was consensual, PastorPhelps. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:29:38 Pastor Phelps, I did not report this as a violent rape if that is what you are asking. Donna Brown: Ernie used the wordconsensual when he spoke with you? Phelps: that's correct. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:30:34 Phelps the note I have that Tina told my wife that she was'passive'. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:31:03 Phelps: I also called the after hours help line at DCYF butthey indicated this was now a police matter. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:31:41 Phelps: when I first said to Ernie I've heard some dreadfulnews...Ernie Willis said it's true, I'm responsible, ithappened twice. by Amy Coveno / WMUR Staff  at Wednesday, May 25, 201111:32:14
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