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DCI investigator takes stand in Petersen Murder trial


Some gruesome details Friday morning in the Thomas Petersen murder trial in Butler County.

Thomas Petersen is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife, Renee. Prosecutors say Petersen brutally murdered his wife with three knives. The defense doesn't deny his involvement in the murder but they contend he was drunk and the murder was not premeditated.

On Friday morning, a DCI agent who investigated the crime scene was called to the stand. DCI Agent, Amanda Kilgore, said there was blood outside the home on and around the front porch. Renee Petersen's body was discovered next to front door, inside the house.

Kilgore was asked about the knives used in Renee Petersen's murder. Two knives, a pairing knife and a chef's knife, were found in the kitchen. A third knife was found in a pool of blood. When the knives were presented to the jury, all of them were bent.

Bloody clothes were also presented to the jury. The clothes were found on the floor inside the home.

An expert on DNA and the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Renee Petersen will also take the stand on Friday.

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