Experts testimony: Banis' blood found in 5 areas of bedroom

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 12:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The first week of testimony wrapped up in the murder case against Joseph Banis. Banis and his former boyfriend, Jeffrey Mundt, are accused of killing Jamie Carroll in 2009.

Mundt was expected to take the stand Friday against Banis, but that did not happen. On Friday jurors watched the taped interview Banis gave police in 2010 where he painted Mundt as a cold blooded killer. Banis said he fears for his life and that fear forced him to help Mundt hide Carroll's body. Banis admitted to digging the hole where Carroll was buried in a 50 gallon storage obtained in the basement of the Old Louisville home the co-defendants.

"I did not want to be in the basement with him, because I thought he was going to shoot me and drop me into that hole," said Banis.

Earlier this week a medical examiner said Carroll died from being stabbed in the neck. The knife was never recovered. For hours today Banis' attorney drilled a former homicide detective  about a knife that was never taken from Jeffrey Mundt while he was in police custody.

Defense attorney Darren Wolff said, "we don't have the ability to take and analyze a knife in this case, because you at the time decided that is wasn't important enough to take into possession of police and put it in the evidence room," to former homicide detective Colin King.

Two State Forensics experts also testified, going over tedious, but vital, information about DNA testing.

The experts testified about swabbing different areas of Banis and Mundt's Old Louisville home after the 2010 murder of James Carroll.

According to the testimony, Mundt's blood was found on comforter and a  mix of Banis' and Mundt's blood was found on the bedroom door knob.

They said five areas of their second floor bedroom had Banis' blood on it.

Mundt is expected to take the stand against Banis sometime next week.

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