PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - Today we learned more about what Ruth Pyne had been doing in the hours before someone killed her and what a neighbor saw that could be detrimental to the defense.
Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Pyne's attorney has said from the start that his client is innocent of his mother's murder.
Today the prosecution started to construct a timeline of what Ruth had been doing before she died and brought forward a witness to testify he saw Jeffrey's car at the home around the time of the murder.
A deputy from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department testified that on the day she died, Ruth's husband told him he spoke to her on her cell phone earlier in the day as she shopped at the Meijer by their home in Highland Township.
"He said that she was okay at that time. That she was fine. And she indicated to him that she was shopping at Meijer," said Lt. David Pement of the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.
A neighbor who lives near the Pyne family, testified that he had been outside trimming trees in the front yard that day and remembers Jeffrey's tan car in the driveway. Neighbor Skip Connley testified that he saw Jeffrey's tan Oldsmobile in the driveway behind his mother's car from 11 a.m. until about 1:40 p.m.
Connley said when he then went into his home, but when he came back out just after 2 p.m. he did not see Jeffrey's car anymore.
Ruth's husband and daughter found her bludgeoned to death in the garage around 2:35 p.m.
When the prosecution asked if he had actually seen Jeffrey at the house at all, Connley replied, "No, I did not see him leave."
Prosecutors argue that Jeffrey killed his mother in a rage over her mental illness issues and her refusal to take medication. The defense contends that Jeffrey is innocent and not involved in his mother's murder.
Day six of the trial will resume on Wednesday.