May 9, 2017
Marci Kitchen placed in Jeep that evening; she laughs with her attorney and glares at prosecutor
The witness to take the stand in the last half hour was William Trent Stewart, who showed up at the scene with her when she came to check out the collision.
He was short and snappy as Ms. Eads questioned him, having selective memory syndrome, except when convenient to Marci Kitchen. At one point, Marci Kitchen glared at Ms. Eads while she was asking Stewart questions.
90% of his testimony was "I don't recall."
In the morning session, Stewart said Marci Kitchen was driving the Jeep later that evening; in the morning session we are not at the point in testimony related to when the collision.
Stewart will be back on the stand this afternoon.
He drew gasps from the Tsarnas family when he claimed Marci Kitchen was not drinking at all and just having water at a "dive bar" they went to where Josh Pearlston met them.
Stewart said he was a long time friend of Marci Kitchen and had known her since they grew up in the San Diego area but he had never met Jevin Kitchen, Kiya Kitchen, Faith Tsarnas or Josh Pearlston. This was his first visit to Humboldt. Stewart owns a clothing company, Skateboard Surf..
Before court opened, he was chatting with Marci Kitchen supporters. After court resumed in the afternoon, he told Deputy District Attorney he had lunch with Delaney, a friend of Marci Kitchen's he met last July. He also admitted to hugging a few people after the morning session, including Marci Kitchen.