BOLASKI TRIAL DAY 2 - MAY 10, 2011

THIS PAGE WAS EXTREMELY HARD FOR ME TO WRITE. I JUST COULDN'T BRING MYSELF TO GO THROUGH THE DETAILS OF VINNIE'S AUTOPSY AGAIN. HOW HE DIED AND WHAT HE WENT THROUGH IS TEARING MY HEART OUT. THAT IS WHY IT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO RELIVE THESE HORRIBLE AGONIZING MOMENTS... AGAIN. BUT THE STORY MUST BE TOLD.

I DID NOT GET MUCH SLEEP. AFTER GETTING HOME LAST NIGHT I SPENT SEVERAL HOURS GOING OVER ALL MY FILES AND CONVERSING WITH JOHN ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THE CASE FOR TODAY. ENDED UP GOING TO BED AROUND 1AM. WE AWOKE AT 4:30AM. AFTER GETTING DRESSED I AGAIN WENT OVER ALL OF MY FILES FOR TODAY AND MADE SURE I HAD EVERYTHING IN ORDER. WE LEFT AT ABOUT 6AM. WE ARRIVED AT THE COURTHOUSE AT 8:30AM. THERE WERE 8 OF US. I GATHERED ALL OF MY FILES TOGETHER AND PREPARED FOR THE DAY. RONNIE WAS VERY NERVOUS. THE ANTICIPATION OF HAVING TO LISTEN TO ALL OF THE DETAILS OVER AND OVER AGAIN WAS FRAYING ON HER NERVES. ROB, ONE OF THE MARSHAL'S THAT WERE ASSIGNED TO US CAME OVER TO GREET US. HE WAS A GREAT GUY. VERY PROFESSIONAL.

WE WENT THROUGH THE SECURITY ROUTINE. I MADE MY WAY DOWN THE HALL TO THE CONFERENCE ROOM AND AS I PASSED BY THE FIRST CONFERENCE ROOM I SAW UCCI, COREY AND A FEW OTHER PEOPLE LAUGHING AND JOKING. THEY WERE NOT TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY. THEY STILL THOUGHT THIS WAS ONE BIG GAME. I WAS APPALLED AT THE LEVITY THEY WERE EXHIBITING. THEIR FRIEND AND BROTHER'S LIFE WAS AT STAKE YET THEY WERE ACTING AS IF THEY WERE AT A CLUB MEETING. IT MADE ME WONDER, DID THEY KNOW SOMETHING WE DIDN'T? HOW COULD THEY BE SO CAVALIER?

I WALKED INTO THE END CONFERENCE ROOM WHERE GWEN ALREADY WAS BUSY. JOHN LAVOIE ENTERED THE ROOM A FEW MINUTES LATER AND WE QUICKLY WENT OVER THE PLAN FOR THE DAY AND WITNESSES BEING CALLED. I PUT MY FILES IN ORDER AS TO HIS PRESENTATION AND WE THEN ENTERED THE COURTROOM. I TOOK MY USUAL SEAT AND PUT MY FILES TO THE RIGHT OF ME. I HAD TO COVER THEM BECAUSE THE REPORTERS WERE BEHIND ME AND WERE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF WHAT WAS IN MY FILES.

ELLEN KRONBERG

PROSECUTION

JULIE'S MOTHER WAS THE FIRST WITNESS TO BE CALLED. UNDER QUESTIONING BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN LAVOIE SHE SAID SHE RECEIVED A FRANTIC CALL FROM JULIE WHO ASKED HER TO MEET HER OUTSIDE ON THE PORCH. AS SHE WENT OUTSIDE SHE SAW JULIE PULL UP. RIGHT BEHIND HER WERE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO CAME ONTO HER PROPERTY AND STARTED ARGUING WITH VINNIE AND JULIE. ELLEN SAID SHE TOLD THEM TO GET OFF OF HER PROPERTY AS THEY WERE TRESPASSING.

SHE WAS PUSHED BY MICHELE LACHAPELLE WHO SAID SHE WOULD "KICK HER ASS!" VINNIE STEPPED BETWEEEN THEM AND TOLD THEM TO LEAVE. AT THAT POINT SHE WENT INTO THE HOUSE TO QUIET HER DOG. WHEN SHE RETURNED OUTSIDE THERE WAS A LARGE MAN ON THE GROUND. THE POLICE THEN SHOWED UP AND THE CROWD SCATTERED. SHE STATED SHE DID NOT SEE VINNIE WITH ANY WEAPONS. SHE TOLD THEM SHE SIGNED A COMPLAINT AS DID JULIE AND VINNIE BUT SHE NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THE POLICE.

DEFENSE

DEFENSE ATTORNEY GRIFFIN QUESTIONED MRS. KRONBERG ABOUT THE SAME EVENTS. HE WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN IMPEACHING HER AND SHE AGAIN STATED SHE DID NOT SEE VINNIE WITH ANY WEAPONS.

NICHOLAS BATCHELDER

PROSECUTION

HE STATED WHILE HE WAS AT THE FIELD FOR A SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT. HE HAD HEARD THERE WAS TO BE A FIGHT AND THAT TIM ARBUCKLE WAS INVOLVED. HE HAD ALSO HEARD THAT TIM HAD BEEN OFFERED $100.00 TO HELP FIGHT AGAINST VINNIE. HE SAID HE SAW A SILVER TRUCK PULL IN AND THE PEOPLE FROM THE TRUCK WENT UP TO TIM AND SPOKE WITH HIM. HE POINTED OUT KYLE AS THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK. HE SAID THE PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK, KYLE, COREY, UCCI, BLANCHARD AND OTHER PEOPLE INCLUDING GIB WALKED UP TO VINNIE'S CAR AT THE TOP OF THE ENTRANCE. HE SAW THE GROUP COME RUNNING BACK DOWN WITH VINNIE RUNNING AFTER THEM WITH THE SPLITTING MAUL.

HE SAID VINNIE RAN DIRCTLY TO KYLE'S TRUCK AND STARTED BEATING THE TRUCK WITH THE SPLITTING MAUL. HE SAW KYLE GET THE RIFLE FROM THE PASSENGER'S SIDE, GO AROUND THE FRONT OF THE TRUCK AND SHOOTS VINNIE IN THE LEG. (AT THIS POINT RONNIE HAD TO LEAVE THE COURTROOM.) HE SAID VINNIE THEN TRIED TO GET AWAY. KYLE CHASED HIM AND SHOT VINNIE A SECOND TIME. HE SAID HE ALSO SAW COREY WITH A RIFLE AND HEARD 2 MORE SHOTS. HE THEN SAW KYLE RUN UP TO VINNIE AND HIT HIM 3 TIMES WITH THE BUTT OF THE RIFLE. AT THAT POINT HE STEPPED IN AND GRABBED KYLE AND STOPPED HIM FROM BEATING HIM ANYMORE TELLING KYLE HE'S HAD ENOUGH HE SAID IN HIS OPINION IT DEFINITELY WAS NOT SELF DEFENSE!

DEFENSE

THE DEFENSE BROUGHT OUT A CHART MADE UP OF A LAYOUT OF THE FIELD AREA, NOT TO SCALE. IT HAD OVERLAYS WHICH COULD BE WRITTEN ON. MISS KRUSKA HAD MR. BATCHELDER WRITE ON THE CHART THE DIFFERENT POSITIONS THAT HE WAS IN DURING THE DIFFERENT TIMES AT THE FIELD. THEY DID NOT TRY TO IMPEACH HIS TESTIMONY.

JUNE BEAM

PROSECUTION

JUNE BEAM STATED SHE WAS AT THE FIELD FOR THE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT WHEN KATIE KINGSBURY, TIM ARBUCKLE'S GIRLFRIEND, TOLD HER THAT TIM GOT A PHONE CALL ABOUT A FIGHT THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. SEVERAL MINUTES LATER A SILVER TRUCK AND A CAR PULLED DOWN TO THE FIELD. SEVERAL MEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLES AND WALKED OVER TO TIM. SHE WENT OVER TO THE GAZEBO TO GET HER KIDS WHEN SHE SAW A GREEN CAR PULL UP IN THE PARKING LOT. SHE STATED TIM AND THE OTHER GUYS STARTED YELLING UP TO THE CAR TO COME DOWN AND FIGHT.

SHE STARTED GETTING HER KIDS READY TO LEAVE WHEN SHE SAW THE GROUP RUNNING BACK DOWN TO THE FIELD FROM THE AREA OF THE CAR. SAW VINNIE CHASING THEM WITH THE SPLITTER'S MAUL. SHE SAW VINNIE RUN STRAIGHT TO THE TRUCK. HE STARTED HITTING THE TRUCK WITH THE MAUL. SHE STATED SHE SAW KYLE COME AROUND THE TRUCK AND HEARD A SHOT. SHE SAW VINNIE LIMPING BADLY TRYING TO GET AWAY. AS VINNIE CIRCLED THE TRUCK SHE SAW SEVERAL OTHER MEN BLOCK VINNIE FROM TRYING TO GET AWAY. SHE SAW 2 PEOPLE WITH GUNS. VINNIE WENT AROUND THE TRUCK TRYING TO GET AWAY WHEN SHE HEARD ANOTHER 2 SHOTS, SMALLER THAN THE FIRST.

SHE STATED VINNIE WAS FACING AWAY FROM THE SHOOTER TRYING TO GET AWAY. SHE SAID SHE SAW KYLE AIM THE GUN UP AND HEARD ANOTHER LOUD SHOT, SAW VINNIE GO DOWN AND SAW KYLE GO OVER AND HIT VINNIE SEVERAL TIMES WITH THE GUN. SHE ALSO SAW SEVERAL OTHER MEN GO OVER TO VINNIE AND KICK HIM.

DEFENSE

THE DEFENSE SPENT A LENGTHY CROSS EXAMINATION TRYING TO CONFUSE MS. BEAM AS TO HER REMEMBRANCE OF THE FACTS. THIS RESULTED IN SEVERAL OBJECTIONS BY MR. LAVOIE. THE DEFENSE TRIED TO SHAKE HER STORY WITH CONFUSING AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS BUT DID NOT SHAKE HER IN HER TESTIMONY. WE BROKE FOR LUNCH AT 12PM. COURT WAS RESUMED AT 1PM. THE DEFENSE WENT TO THE BOARD AND HAD MS. BEAM DRAW HER POSITION AND OTHER PEOPLES POSITIONS ON THE BOARD. THIS SEEMED TO BE MORE OF A DELAY TACTIC RATHER THAN A DEFENSIVE MOVE. BUT IN THE END THE DEFENSE WAS NOT ABLE TO IMPEACH HER STORY.

LUNCH BREAK

WE BROKE FOR LUNCH AT 12PM. DIRECTLY BESIDE THE COURTHOUSE IS THE PARKING LOT RESERVED FOR THE JURORS ONLY. IT IS CLEARLY MARKED WITH SIGNS PROHIBITING ANYONE ELSE FROM PARKING THERE. ESPECIALLY ANYONE THAT HAS ANY CONNECTION TO EITHER THE PROSECUTION SIDE OR THE DEFENDANTS SIDE. NOT ONLY ARE WE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK IN THERE WE ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM EVEN CUTTING THROUGH IT SO AS NOT TO INFLUENCE THE JURY IN ANY WAY.

AROUND 12:50 PM WE WERE IN THE PARKING LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COURTHOUSE  PREPARING TO HEAD IN. WE WERE WALKING WITH THE MARSHAL ASSIGNED TO US WHEN HE REMARKED, "WHAT ARE THEY DOING THERE?" AS WE LOOKED OVER WE SAW MR. BOLASKI STANDING IN THE JURORS LOT! HIS WIFE WAS GETTING OUT OF THEIR CAR. SEVERAL OF THE JURORS WERE ALSO GETTING OUT OF THEIR CARS.

THEN, TO OUR ASTONISHMENT, AS THE JURORS PASSED BY HIM, RATHER THAN AVOID THE JURORS, MR. BOLASKI ACTUALLY NODDED TO THEM, GREETED THEM! MOST KEPT WALKING AND IGNORED HIM EXCEPT FOR ONE WHO NODDED BACK. WE WERE SHOCKED BY WHAT WE HAD JUST SEEN. THE MARSHAL WITH US WAS NOT HAPPY. HE REPORTED IT. JOHN LATER TOLD US THEY WERE TOLD TO MOVE THEIR CAR AND AVOID ANY FURTHER CONTACT WITH THE JURORS.

*I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE WCAX WEBSITE THIS REMARK WAS MADE: "THERES JURY TAMPERING, THREATS MADE AND THE TAMBERELLOS FOLLOWING JURORS AROUND AND STALKING THEM DURING LUNCH BREAKS OF THE TRIAL," THIS COULDN'T BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. WE DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO AVOID ANY CONTACT WITH THE JURORS. IF THEY WERE ON THE SAME SIDEWALK WE WOULD CROSS THE STREET. WE WOULD AVOID ALL EYE CONTACT WITH THEM. WE KNEW THE EVIDENCE. THERE WAS NO NEED FOR ANYTHING ELSE BUT TO LET THEM DECIDE BY THE EVIDENCE. THIS REMARK COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN MADE BY A BOLASKI FAMILY MEMBER OR HIS GIRLFRIEND. SOMEONE WHO KNEW THE BOLASKI'S WERE CAUGHT IN THE JURORS LOT AND TRIED TO TURN THIS AROUND ON US.

BUT THE ACCUSATION THAT THERE WAS JURY TAMPERING IS AN INSULT TO THIS HONEST AND HARD WORKING JURY WHO SPENT 2 LONG WEEKS TAKING NOTES AND DILIGENTLY WORKED HARD TO COME TO THIS DECISION. NO ONE WANTS TO SEND SOMEONE TO JAIL FOR LIFE. THERE WAS NO ONE ON THAT JURY WHO MADE THEIR DECISION ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE FACTS. IF SO THEY WOULD HAVE ALSO FOUND HIM GUILTY OF THE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. BUT THEY ALSO BASED THAT DECISION ON THE FACTS WHICH THEY BELIEVE THE STATE DID NOT PROVE. I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT ON THAT COMMENT SECTION IN FAVOR OF THE JURORS AND ON MY MESSAGE BOARD, LAUDING THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK, IS A TESTAMENT TO THEM. THEY PROVED WHAT THE JURY SYSTEM IS ALL ABOUT. DECISIONS BASED ON FACTS.

DR. ELIZABETH BUNDOCK-THE CORONER

RONNIE COULDN'T STAY IN THE ROOM FOR THE DOCTOR'S TESTIMONY SO SHE LEFT. I HAD PREVIOUSLY READ THE WHOLE CORONER'S REPORT. I HAVE HAD A COPY FROM THE BEGINNING BUT EVEN SO I KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO BE HORRIBLE TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO. JOHN BROUGHT OUT THE PICTURES OF VINNIE'S LEG WOUND AND SHOWED THEM TO THE JURY. I TRIED HARD NOT TO LOOK AT THEM BUT I HAD TO SEE. I HAD TO SEE THE WOUND THAT THEY SAID VINNIE COULD STILL RUN AT THEM WITH FULL SPEED! I NOW WISH I HADN'T. IT WAS A LARGE GAPING WOUND. IT LOOKED LIKE HALF OF VINNIE'S LEG WAS GONE. DR. BUNDOCK STATED THE BULLET TRAVELED THROUGH THE INNER LEFT LEG FRONT TO BACK THAT ALSO WENT THROUGH THE RIGHT LEG, THOUGH THAT WOUND WAS NOT AS SERIOUS. SHE DESCRIBED IT AS A GRAZING WOUND MEANING IT DID NOT GO THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE LEG. SHE STATED IT WAS A SERIOUS WOUND THAT, LESS THAN ONE INCH DEEPER, WOULD HAVE SEVERED A MAJOR ARTERY.

JOHN THEN BROUGHT OUT THE PICTURES OF THE FATAL BACK WOUND. I SAW THE FIRST PICTURE WHICH WAS THE ENTRY WOUND IN THE BACK. IT WAS JUST TO THE LEFT OF THE CENTER OF VINNIE'S BACK JUST ABOVE THE LEFT BUTTOCK. IT WAS ABOUT AN INCH IN DIAMETER. HE THEN BROUGHT OUT PICTURES OF THE EXIT WOUND. I COULD NOT BRING MYSELF TO LOOK AT THOSE. DR. BUNDOCK STATED. THE BULLET  TRAVELED FROM REAR TO FRONT IN A 5" DOWNWARD LINE AND EXITED THE FRONT TRAVELING THROUGH THE PANCREAS, INTESTINES AND SHATTERING BONE, LEAVING A LARGE EXIT WOUND. SHE STATED THIS WOUND WAS THE FATAL WOUND. IT WAS FROM THIS WOUND WHICH VINNIE'S LIFE BLOOD HAD FLOWED.  

UNEXPECTEDLY JOHN THEN BROUGHT OUT PICTURES OF THE HEAD WOUNDS. I TRIED TO LOOK AWAY BUT UNFORTUNATELY I WAS NOT FAST ENOUGH. IT WAS AN IMAGE THAT IS FOREVER BURNED INTO MY MEMORY. A HORRIBLE IMAGE OF MY SON IN DEATH. THE WOUNDS TO HIS FACE WERE TERRIBLE. DR. BUNDOCK STATED THERE WAS BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE FACIAL AREA.VINNIE'S LEFT EYE SOCKET WAS BROKEN. HIS SKULL WAS FRACTURED FROM THE FRONTAL AREA ALL THE WAY TO THE REAR OF HIS SKULL. WHEN THE SKULL FRACTURED IT ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE TO HIS BRAIN. SHE STATED THIS WAS CAUSED BY A BLUNT OBJECT. SHE SAID VINNIE ALSO HAD ABRASIONS TO HIS HANDS WHICH WERE LIKELY TO HAVE HAPPENED AS HE FELL TO THE GROUND.

THAT WAS IT. I LOST MY COMPOSURE. I BROKE DOWN. HEARING HOW MUCH VINNIE SUFFERED WAS TOO MUCH FOR ME TO TAKE. VINNIE WAS TORTURED! HE MUST HAVE BEEN IN SO MUCH AGONY. THERE IS NO WAY TO EXPLAIN THE PAIN AND ANGUISH THAT I WAS EXPERIENCING AT THAT MOMENT. IT WAS AS IF MY HEART, MY VERY SOUL WAS BEING RIPPED OUT OF ME! I LOOKED OVER AT KYLE BOLASKI AS ALL OF THIS WAS BEING TOLD. THERE WAS NO REMORSE IN HIM. HE WAS STONE FACED, COLD AND EMOTIONLESS. THERE WAS NOTHING TO INDICATE THAT WHAT HE DID AFFECTED HIM AT ALL. IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN ANYONE'S MIND THAT WHAT HE DID WAS DELIBERATE, IT ALL ENDED WHEN, AS IT WAS TOLD OF THE HORRIBLE INJURIES HE HAD INFLICTED ON ANOTHER HUMAN BEING HE DISPLAYED NO EMOTION. HE SHOWED ABSOLUTELY NO CONCERN FOR THE TERRIBLE WAY HE HAD TAKEN ANOTHER MAN'S LIFE.

DR. BUNDOCK STATED THERE WERE 4 DRUGS IN VINNIE'S SYSTEM. XANAX, AN ANTIDEPRESSANT. CONTININE FOR ANXIETY. METHADONE GIVEN TO SOMEONE BEING WEANED OFF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL AND THC WHICH IS FOUND IN MARIJUANA. SHE STATED ALL OF THESE DRUGS, WERE ON PRESCRIPTION LEVEL. CONTRARY TO WHAT BOLASKI AND HIS FRIENDS ALL SAID AT TRIAL AND IN THE GRAND JURY AND SAND ALLOWED THEM TO SAY, THERE WERE NO ILLEGAL DRUGS, EXCEPT THE THC, IN VINNIE'S SYSTEM. INSTEAD THEY SHOWED THAT VINNIE WAS INDEED TRYING TO COME CLEAN. HIS REASON FOR GOING TO VERMONT!

DEFENSE

DEFENSE ATTORNEY GRIFFIN BROUGHT OUT THE PICTURES OF THE FATAL BULLET WOUND AND ASKED DR. BUNDOCK  HOW SHE KNEW THE BULLET ENTERED THROUGH THE BACK. SHE STATED THAT THE ENTRANCE WOUND MAKES A SMALL DISTINCTIVE HOLE AS IT ENTERS AND AS IT EXITS IT BLOWS OUT OF THE BODY LEAVING A LARGE GAPING HOLE AS IT WAS WITH VINNIE. HE ASKED HER ABOUT HOW VINNIE'S BODY WAS BAGGED UP. IF ANYTHING COULD HAVE BEEN TAINTED AS FAR AS EVIDENCE. I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AS THERE WAS NO DISPUTING WHO SHOT VINNIE. FORENSICS WEREN'T INVOLVED IN THAT. I ASSUMED IT TO BE A CONFUSING TACTIC TO SWAY THE JURY AWAY FROM EVIDENCE OF THE BULLET WOUNDS.

HE THEN BROUGHT IN THE RIFLE. HE ASKED DR. BUNDOCK IF IT CAN BE DETERMINED THAT THE INJURIES WERE DEFINITELY MADE BY THAT GUN BUTT. SHE STATED THERE WAS NO CERTAINTY. AT THIS TIME IT COULD ONLY BE ASCERTAINED THAT THE INJURIES WERE MADE BY A BLUNT OBJECT.

MR. JEPPE-FIREARMS EXPERT

RONNIE HAD COME BACK INTO THE COURTROOM AFTER DR. BUNDOCK HAD FINISHED.

JOHN BROUGHT OUT THE RIFLE AND ASKED IF THIS WAS THE RIFLE HE HAD EXAMINED. HE ACKNOWLEDGED IT WAS. HE STATED THAT HE HAD TAKEN IT APART AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE IT WAS OPERATIONAL AND TEST FIRED THE RIFLE. HE STATED THE STOCK WAS BROKEN. HE SHOWED THE BULLETS THAT THE 30-06 USES AND THE BULLETS THAT HE TEST FIRED OUT OF THE GUN. HE WAS SHOWN A BULLET THAT WAS FOUND UNFIRED ON THE INSIDE DASHBOARD OF THE TRUCK. JOHN THEN ASKED HIM TO EXPLAIN HOW THE RIFLE IS LOADED AND THE TRAJECTORY OF THE USED SHELL.

MR. JEPPE EXPLAINED THAT THE MAGAZINE HOLDS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BULLETS. WHEN THE MAGAZINE IS INSERTED INTO THE RIFLE THE BOLT MUST BE PULLED BACK WHICH INSERTS A BULLET INTO THE CHAMBER. AS THE TRIGGER IS PULLED IT RELEASES THE FIRING PIN WHICH LEAVES A DISTINCTIVE MARK ON THE SHELL CASING OF THE BULLET. AS IT IS FIRED IT EJECTS THE SHELL AND ANOTHER BULLET AUTOMATICALLY GOES INTO THE CHAMBER.

JOHN ASKED THAT IF THERE WAS ALREADY A BULLET IN THE CHAMBER AND THE BOLT WAS PULLED BACK WOULD IT EJECT THAT BULLET UNFIRED. MR. JEPPE STATED IT WOULD. THIS WOULD EXPLAIN THE BULLET ON THE WINDSHIELD. THIS SHOWED THAT THE RIFLE WAS ALREADY LOADED WHEN IT WAS IN THE TRUCK AND AS KYLE GOT IT HE PULLED BACK THE BOLT TO LOAD IT AND IT EJECTED THE BULLET WHICH LANDED ON THE DASHBOARD. THIS PROVED HE DID NOT GET THE MAGAZINE OUT OF THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT AND LOAD IT OUTSIDE THE TRUCK.

JOHN THEN SHOWED A SHELL CASING THAT WAS FOUND NEAR THE PATH LEADING UP TO THE PARKING LOT. IT WAS DENTED. MR. JEPPE STATED THE FIRING PIN MARKINGS WERE IDENTICAL TO THE ONES ON THE SHELL CASING HE TEST FIRED. THAT IN HIS OPINION THIS USED CASING WAS FIRED FROM THE MURDER WEAPON.

DEFENSE

MR. GRIFFIN ASKED HIM TO EXPLAIN HOW TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BULLET LEAVES THE GUN. MR. JEPPE EXPLAINED THAT WHEN THE FIRING PIN HITS THE BULLET IT SETS OFF A SMALL EXPLOSION THAT PROPELS THE BULLET THROUGH THE BARREL OF THE RIFLE. HE STATED THAT EACH RIFLE HAS DISTINCTIVE MARKS INSIDE THE BARREL THAT IT LEAVES ON THE BULLET. MR. GRIFFIN THEN WENT ON A 30 MINUTE QUESTIONING OF MR. JEPPE ASKING HIM TO EXPLAIN WHAT A BULLET IS MADE OF, HOW IT SPINS COMING OUT OF THE BARREL, SEVERAL TIMES SAYING, "SO WHEN THE BULLET IS FIRED IT COMES OUT OF THE CASING AND GOES AROUND AND AROUND UNTIL IT COMES OUT OF THE BARREL?"

EACH TIME MR. JEPPE AGREED WITH HIM. THIS CROSS EXAMINATION MADE NO SENSE AT ALL TO ME. IT JUST SEEMED LIKE ANOTHER DEFENSE TACTIC TO CONFUSE. BUT SEEING AS HALF THE JURORS WERE MEN AND MOST LIKELY HUNTERS IT JUST SEEMED TO HAVE NO REAL IMPACT AS TO WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO PROVE. WHICH WAS CONFUSING.

TRACY CANINO-FORENSIC SEROLOGIST

MS. CANINO IS AN EXPERT THAT DEALS IN FORENSICS. JOHN ASKED HER WHAT HER DUTIES WERE IN RELATION TO THE CASE. SHE SAID HE DUTIES WERE TO TEST ALL ITEMS FOR BLOOD ETC. SHE STATED THAT SHE WAS GIVEN THE RIFLE, THE MAGAZINE, CLOTHING FROM VINNIE AND KYLE TO RUN TESTS ON. SHE TOOK SWABS FROM THE GUN AND MAGAZINE, WHICH SHE CALLED PRESUMPTIVE TESTS. THESE TESTS WERE TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS ANY BLOOD ON THE ITEMS. SHE SAID SHE ALSO RECEIVED LEFT AND RIGHT HAND BAGS OF WHICH WERE USED TO COVER VINNIE'S HANDS.

SHE STATED SHE FOUND A SMALL DROP OF BLOOD ON THE BARREL OF THE RIFLE. SHE ALSO TOOK SWABS OF A SUBSTANCE ON KYLE'S SNEAKERS AND HIS UNDERWEAR. THESE SUBSTANCES TESTED POSITIVE FOR BLOOD. SHE CUT OUT THE AREAS ON THE UNDERWEAR AND SNEAKERS AND BAGGED THEM TO BE SHIPPED TO THE DNA LAB FOR TESTING.

WE THEN BROKE FOR THE DAY.

"THIS WAS A VERY EMOTIONALLY TAXING DAY. I WAS EMPTY INSIDE. STILL NOT FULLY ABLE TO GET THE PAIN AND ANGUISH OUT OF HEART AND BODY ENOUGH TO WHERE I COULD AT LEAST HANDLE  IT. I COULDN'T DO IT. EACH TIME I THOUGHT OF WHAT WAS DONE TO VINNIE FROM THE MOMENT HE SAW KYLE WITH THE RIFLE, FROM SHOT IN THE LEG VINNIE. NOW HE KNEW KYLE WASN'T GOING TO STOP. HIS ADRENALINE FLOWING AT FULL BLAST, HIS HEART RACING. LIMPING, HOBBLING IN A HALF HEARTED EFFORT TO ESCAPE. AS KYLE STALKED VINNIE HE KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL VINNIE! A HUNTER DOESN'T STOP WHEN HE HAS HIS PREY IN HIS SIGHTS. KYLE KNEW THIS. REVELED IN IT! HE WANTED VINNIE TO SUFFER AND SUFFER HE DID AT THE HANDS OF A MURDERER. SHOOTING HIM WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH. HE HAD TO SADISTICALLY, MANIACILLY BEAT VINNIE. DO IT WITH HIS HANDS TO GET THE REAL FEEL OF THE BRUTALITY. AS VINNIE WAS ON THE GROUND HE LOOKED AT KIRBY AND REACHED HIS ARMS TO HER  AS IF TO SAY HELP ME I'M DYING.THEN HIS ARMS DROPPED LIFELESS AND HIS EYES WENT DULL. OUR SON, OUR VINNIE SUFFERED SO MUCH, SO TERRIBLE. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. IT WILL BE OUR DRIVING FORCE TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS DONE!"  JUSTICE4VINNIE!         

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Murder trial enters second day
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Defense attorneys questioned the State’s witnesses about the events leading up to Vincent Tamburello’s death on Tuesday.

The State vs. Bolaski trial entered its second day of testimony at Windsor criminal court in White River Junction. Kyle Bolaski of Chester faces charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a violation of conditions of release. Bolaski was also brought up on a charge of marijuana possession, but it was dismissed by the State on May 4. Bolaski allegedly shot and killed Tamburello of Springfield in a confrontation at MacKenzie ball field in Chester on Aug. 17, 2008.

Ellen Kronberg of Springfield was the first to testify. Kronberg is the mother of Tamburello’s ex-girlfriend Julie Kronberg, who testified on Monday. According to Ellen Kronberg, Tamburello and Julie Kronberg’s friend Kirby Donahue were living at her residence.

On Aug. 16, 2008, a incident took place between Tristan Blanchard of Springfield, Donahue and Tamburello. Julie Kronberg, Donahue and Tamburello left Blanchard’s residence and were followed back to Ellen Kronberg’s residence by Blanchard and his friends. A conflict erupted on Kronberg’s property, and defense attorney Kevin Griffin asked Kronberg whether Tamburello was holding a stun gun and a knife in hand. Kronberg said she did not see one.

“I didn’t know (Tamburello) owned a stun gun, and I did not see him with a weapon,” Kronberg said.

The second witness to testify was Kronberg’s neighbor Kevin Blanchard (no relation to Tristan Blanchard). Blanchard witnessed the incident on Kronberg’s lawn, but could not confirm if Tamburello had any weapons in his possession.

According to written statements, the bad blood continued at MacKenzie ball field the following day. Blanchard and his friends met with Tamburello, Donahue and Julie Kronberg. Tamburello approached the crowd with an ax and began swinging at Bolaski’s car. Bolaski took out his 30-06-caliber rifle and allegedly shot Tamburello.

Nicholas Batchelder of Bellows Falls was playing softball at the ball field and witnessed the shooting. According to Batchelder, Tamburello “buckled” and tried to get away once the first shot was fired. Defense attorney Elizabeth Kruska asked Batchelder if Tamburello was holding an ax after the first shot was fired. Batchelder said he was unsure.

His sister, June Beam of Bellows Falls, said she did not see Bolaski fire the 30-06, but “heard the shots.”

Kruska asked Beam if she remembered anyone chasing Tamburello with a gun. Beam responded “I don’t know.”

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Bundock examined Tamburello’s autopsy after the alleged murder. Bundock saw two gunshot wounds, one from Tamburello’s inner left thigh and one through the buttocks that exited the “left groin area.” Bundock also found injuries to Tamburello’s head, face, and eyes.

Franklin County Deputy State’s Attorney John Lavoie showed Bundock a 30-06 that was allegedly used at the shooting. Lavoie asked if the Tamburello’s eye wounds were consistent to a rifle butt. Bundock replied “yes.” Griffin cross examined Bundock and asked if this was the first time she saw the 30-06 shown by Lavoie. Bundock said it was, but she maintained it was “consistent with a blunt object or a rifle.” When Griffin asked if she knew which one, Bundock said “no.”

The State vs. Bolaski trial continues on Wednesday.





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