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Testimony in the Macomber Trial Began on Tuesday

The trial of Stephen Macomber started on Tuesday. Seven of nine expected prosecution witnesses testified on Tuesday. Marshall County Deputy Fernando Salcedo showed jurors scars on his wrist and back from gunshot wounds suffered during the shootout. Salcedo also testified that several metal rods were placed in his wrist where bones were fractured. Macomber was also injured during the initial incident.

A video recorded from a camera on-board the deputy’s car captured much of the action that occurred during the traffic stop along U.S. Highway 77 in Blue Rapids. The video also showed Macomber wrestling with Salcedo after the shooting.

Salcedo testified that he drew his weapon only after Macomber began shooting at him.

Witness Sandy Botkin, Blue Rapids testified that Salcedo ran to her home after being injured. Botkin testified that her family and neighbors helped the Deputy while waiting for the ambulance.

KBI agents testified that Macomber was belligerent and hostile while officers took him to and from the hospital in Marysville, as well as to jail. Kansas Bureau of Investigation senior special agent Steve Bundy presented the windshield of Salcedo’s patrol car, which had several bullet holes from Salcedo’s gun which Bundy said was fired toward Macomber. Bundy presented several photographs of Salcedo’s patrol car.

Testimony will continue on Wednesday and may be completed as early as Thursday.

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