Power Outtage Interrupts Sandoval Trial

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Day three of murder trial of Jose Sandoval was interrupted Wednesday morning when power went out at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The district court clerk’s office says a circuit breaker popped. The outage lasted only ten minutes.

Sandoval is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five weapons counts in the September 26, 2002 deaths at the US Bank in Norfolk.

Madison County District Judge Patrick Rogers spent the first 20 minutes of the trial this morning hearing arguments about a photo the prosecution wanted to submit as evidence.

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith wanted to submit a photo taken the afternoon of the slaying showing Sandoval with a broad grin. Smith argues the photo shows Sandoval’s attitude toward the five killing he is charged with committing.

William Kaufhold of the Douglas County crime scene investigation unit testified he took the photo after telling Sandoval to look at the camera.

Sandoval’s attorney, Madison County Public Defender Harry Moore, argues the photo is inappropriate to submit as evidence because it would prejudice the jury against his client.