Jurors hear details of April Millsap's death

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 08:42:50-05

As the high profile April Millsap murder trial moves forward, Armada’s police chief spent the day being peppered with questions by the defense about the day she was found dead and how defendant James VanCallis became the primary suspect.

Jurors also heard from the deputy medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Millsap. They were also shown pictures of the autopsy and many of them were quite horrific.

However, the police chief was on the stand for most of the day, discussing the investigation and the arrest of VanCallis, who allegedly tried to sexually assault Millsap.

Several tips came in describing a man on a motorcycle. Investigators were able to trace the crime to VanCallis.

Jurors also saw drone videos of where the crime took place - a secluded area off of the Macomb Orchard Trail where the 14-year-old had had been walking.

A deputy medical examiner performed the autopsy. He said April suffered blunt force trauma and hemorrhages to the scalp, brain and trachea.

It is also believed she was hit with a helmet and suffocated when someone stepped on her neck.

Jurors also heard from expert witnesses and tomorrow they are expected to hear from witnesses that were in the area around the time of the crime.