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Co-worker calls accused killer's behavior odd

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A co-worker of Don Southworth's, Josh Elkins, is the night dispatcher at UPS. He worked with Southworth for seven-years.

He told the jury, Don Southworth didn't show up to work on the morning of June 9, 2010. That's the same day Umi Southworth's body was found in a treeline behind the couples apartment on Meadowthorpe Avenue.

Elkins said that was highly uncharacteristic of Southworth. He testified that Don Southworth had never been late for work and that he was always early. Elkins said that he tried calling Southworth but got no answer. He said eventually, Southworth called him back around 3:30 that morning.

"He told me he was asleep. But said, he needed to work," said Josh Elkins. "He said I really, really, really need to work, Josh."

Elkins went on to say that in his many years as a UPS dispatcher, he's never had an employee call in begging to come to work before.

An FBI expert also took the stand Thursday. She reviewed seven months worth of Southworth's check-in times at UPS. She testified that June 9th is the only morning Southworth didn't clock in on time.

A lot of evidence collected at the scene of the crime was also introduced on Thursday. Forensic scientists testified, that they tested the Southworth's apartment, basement, washing machine and their vehicles for blood. Those tests all came back negative.

The trial will resume on Tuesday following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It's supposed to wrap up by next Friday.


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