Evidence: Renfro partied with friends after Grunwald's murder
The jury is learning more about Bradley Renfro’s behavior after the murder of David Grunwald on Nov. 13, 2016.
The only witness KTVA can’t record is an underage teen girl who was in a relationship with Renfro during that time.
She testified Renfro and the other suspects came over to a shed at her house to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol less than 24 hours after Grunwald went missing.
Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak played three videos for jurors, two of which were taken the night of Nov. 14, 2016.
One showed Renfro carrying Erick Almandinger, who was intoxicated and had peed his pants; the other showed Almandinger in a chair making gestures with his hands while people laughed in the background.
The other video was taken on Nov. 13, 2016, just hours before Grunwald disappeared. It shows convicted killer Dominic Johnson talking about hitting a person in the head.
Alaska State Troopers investigator Shayne Calt testified about his first contact with Renfro during a traffic stop the following week.
Calt said his primary goal was finding Grunwald and didn’t know if Renfro was a suspect or a witness at that point.
He asked Renfro what he knew about Grunwald’s disappearance.
“Initially he said he didn’t know and he was really drunk that night. That was the basis of his statement. We did continue that conversation. I asked him if he was in the Bronco that night and he gave me a reply, something similar to, ‘Um, I don’t think so.’ At which point I confronted him and told him that I knew now he was in the Bronco that night and asked him to expand upon that,” Calt said.
The recorded interview between Calt and Renfro will be played for the jury on Friday.
Calt was one of the troopers who made contact with Renfro on Dec. 2, 2016. That’s the day Johnson ultimately led investigators to Grunwald’s body in the woods off Knik River Road.
Calt said Renfro was at the Valley Hotel with several of the other suspects when troopers called to say they were coming over to interview the teen.
“We believed that at that time everyone that was in that hotel room, including Renfro, were going to leave and that’s exactly what happened,” Calt said.
Judge Gregory Heath told jurors the trial is likely to take at least one more week and closing arguments will likely be the week of Sept. 23.
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