Testimony Continues In Man's Murder Trial

Published: Nov. 29, 2007 at 10:18 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2009 at 10:08 PM MST
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By Sarah Sanchez, KOLD News 13 Assignment Editor

Trial is underway for a Tucson man accused of murdering his ex-wife.

Forty-year-old Shad Knight is accused of murdering Alene Knight who was found dead in her SUV.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy J. Bingham testified Thursday that on February 8, 2007 at 6:55 a.m. he found the victim's vehicle parked in the driveway of her home on Tucson's northwest side. Bingham said that upon finding the victim's vehicle "the engine was still running and her radio was playing." Bingham also told the court "there was a large amount of blood underneath her head and neck area."

Investigators say Knight was killed with a sharp object.

The Knights' three children were inside the home at the time of the incident and Deputy Bingham testified "we didn't want the kids to come out and see what was going on." Authorities say none of the children were hurt.

Court records show Knight had two restraining orders against her ex-husband. One was in effect when she was killed.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Michael Rosenbluth told jurors during opening statements Wednesday that Knight is innocent and the shoe prints surrounding the crime scene will prove it. According to investigators, footprints found at the scene indicate the killer was wearing size 8 1/2 shoes. According to Public Defender Rosenbluth, Knight wears size 13 1/2.

The trial is expected to continue for another two to three weeks.

Knight is being held in the Pima County Jail on $1.5 million dollars bond.