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Testimony continues in Hagan trial

The trial of the man accused of killing a 20-year-old University of Southern Indiana student continued Tuesday in Warrick County.

Isaiah Hagan is accused in the death of Halee Rathgeber.

On Tuesday, four witnesses took the stand who all played a part in the investigation in April of 2017, when Rathgeber was found dead.

Dr. Christopher Kiefer is a forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Rathgeber. He told the court that even though he determined a gunshot wound to the head killed her, he did not determine a time of death.

There was a discussion about other small abrassions found on Rathgeber's body, which Dr. Kiefer said appeared like they happened near or after the time of Rathgeber's death.

The defense asked it if was possible the abrasions were caused by Rathgeber being dragged, which Dr. Kiefer said was possible.

Indiana State Police Forensic Scientist Nicole Hoffman performed the DNA testing in the case.

She tested several items collected from the scene and from Rathgeber, but she said she found no DNA matching that of Hagan.

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(This story was originally published on June 5, 2018)


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