EDNA – Amber Sorensen’s attorney attacked arguments laid out by prosecutors and their witnesses Friday morning with testimony from family members.
Court ended Friday with District Judge Bobby Bell telling jurors to expect closing arguments and deliberation Monday, but he added additional witnesses still could follow.
Earlier that day, Sorensen’s father, Robert Durham, took the stand to tell jurors that he had seen bruises on her arm during a family outing in which Sorensen was wearing a swimsuit.
When asked, she said the bruises were from exercise, he said.
“I ran it through my mind what kind of exercise it could it have been,” he said.
Sorensen, a 37-year-old Edna mother and personal trainer, is charged with murder, aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and manslaughter.
She is accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend, 33-year-old Jarrett Parker, in the master bedroom of their Edna home Feb. 7, 2017. Sorensen told investigators that she had acted in self-defense after Parker assaulted her and threatened her life.
Kimberly Servantes, a friend of Sorensen’s, took the stand after Durham with similar testimony, saying she also had seen bruises.
On several occasions months before Parker’s death, Servantes saw bruises on Sorensen’s arms and legs, she testified.
When asked about the bruises, Servantes said Sorensen had also said they were from working out.
On the stand, she said she did not believe Sorensen’s explanation, adding Sorensen “always” wore long sleeves and often during warm weather.
That testimony came after prosecutors concluded their questioning of Texas Ranger Drew Pilkington and rested their case.
The defense had not rested by the end of court Friday, which marks the 10th day of trial and eighth day of testimony.
Thursday, the judge allowed Sorensen’s attorney, Stephen Cihal, to call another witness, Sorensen’s cousin, out of order in the interest of expediency.
Sorensen’s first cousin, Lee Hasdorf, told jurors that he, too, had seen bruises on Sorensen’s upper arm during two family occasions in 2016. She also told him the bruises were from exercising.
Neither man pressed Sorensen on that answer.
Earlier Friday morning, Cihal questioned Pilkington about forensic testing that he said demonstrated Parker was likely doing situps when he was shot.
Through other questions to Pilkington, Cihal pointed out that exercise equipment that could be used for situps was present in their home. Pilkington said he could not guess why Parker would have exercised on the floor.
And an Edna police report showed that Parker had gone to the gym about four hours earlier.
“I don’t know his routine,” Pilkington said.