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Ex-wife testifies in Damm Trial

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GALENA, Ill. (KWWL) -- Prosecutors closed out the second week of David Damm's murder trial with testimony from his ex-wife.

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

Damm is charged with murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in the Oct. 27, 2006, death of 13-year-old Donnisha Hill.

Vincenzo Chimera with the Illinois Attorney General's Office asked Cathy Damm about a phone call she received from the mechanic at the used car lot where David Damm worked at about 5 p.m. the day Hill disappeared.

The employee told her David Damm would be late for dinner because he was looking for a vehicle to repossess.

Earlier, Bruce Burt, the alleged hired hit man, testified that he met David Damm north of town shortly after 5 p.m. that day, and David Damm delivered Hill to him.

Cathy Damm, who filed for divorce after Hill was found dead in rural Jo Daviess County, Ill., also told jurors Damm had left the house on the evening of Oct. 11, 2006, to pickup and then return food at the Wishbone Restaurant.

This was the day Hill's father spotted the girl getting out of David Damm's van hear Ferguson Fields Park. The incident ultimately led to the molestation probe.

Chimera also asked the ex-wife if David Damm had any reason to carry large amounts of cash the weekend following Hill's disappearance. This was an apparent reference to Burt's testimony that he received $2,000 on Oct. 28, 2006.

Cathy Damm described Hill as a neighbor and friend of the family.

She said the lives of her and a family member were being threatened as the investigation into Hill's disappearance and murder intensified.

She also said her ex-husband no longer looks like the man he was two years ago before he was placed in jail pending trial. She noted he now weighs much less than his earlier 225 pounds.

Jurors are scheduled to return to court Monday after a weekend break.

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