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Phone records focus of Damm trial

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -- Employees from Qwest and AT&T Mobility testified about phone records involving numbers registered to David Damm and Bruce Burt in the days leading up to Donnisha Hill's death.

KWWL's coverage partner, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, has reporter Jeff Reinitz in the courtroom Friday covering the trial.

Damm is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in the Oct. 27, 2006, death of Hill.

Investigators contend that Damm hired Bruce Burt to kill 13-year-old Hill to keep her from testifying about sexual abuse.

Hill's body was found in a rural area east of Galena, and Burt testified for the prosecution as part of a plea agreement.

Phone records showed Eastside Motors, where Damm worked, received calls from numbers registered to Hill's friends Oct. 11, 17 and 26, 2006.

The friends had earlier testified Hill used their phones to make calls, and one friend said Hill told her she planned to meet Damm Oct. 27, 2006, following one of the phone conversations.

The Eastside Motors phone was used to call Burt's phone Oct. 26, 2006. There were also four phone calls between Burt's phone and Damm's cell phone the afternoon of Oct. 27, 2006, according to records shown to jurors Friday.

Defense attorneys pointed out that most of the calls on Burt's phone lasted less than two minutes and none were anywhere near 15 minutes. This was apparently to dispute Burt's earlier testimony that he had a lengthy and involved phone conversation with a female friend while he was driving Hill to Illinois.

The defense also asked questions about the auto shop's call records for Oct. 15, 2006.

When the company official said those records hadn't been requested as part of the case, the prosecution and defense stipulated that the shop received two calls from the Minneapolis area, but the significance hasn't been explained.

Also on Friday morning, Investigator Scott Lake with the Waterloo Police Department told jurors that officers found three drawings in a desk drawer while searching Eastside Motors Oct. 29, 2006.

Two of the works had been earlier identified as having been drawn by Hill.

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