A MURDER trial jury has been hearing expert evidence about the gunshot wounds which led to the death of car dealer Christopher Hartley
Forensic scientist Michelle Walton told Bradford Crown Court yesterday how examination of blood-staining on Mr Hartley's Jaguar saloon suggested that he had been leaning into the boot of the vehicle when he was shot in the head.
Miss Watson said further blood-staining around the rear light cluster could not have been deposited when Mr Hartley (pictured) was standing up
“It was clearly the result of a separate shot,” she said.
“In my opinion this shot had been delivered while Mr Hartley was lying at the rear of the vehicle.”
David Large, 35, of Rona Croft, Rothwell, and his friend Simon Mullen 39, of Farding Square, South Shields, have both denied being involved in the murder of Large’s former gay lover whose body was found next to his Jaguar car on a quiet country road near Clayton West last September.
A jury at Bradford Crown Court has heard how the 45-year-old, who lived at Haigh Wood Lodge, Tingley, had been shot in the head and chest after allegedly being lured to the secluded spot at night on the pretext of a drugs deal.
Mr Hartley’s body was found in Litherop Lane, which runs from Clayton West to High Hoyland.
The prosecution has alleged that Mr Hartley was murdered so Large could continue his new relationship with a girlfriend, Dawn Mallinson, and that Mullen was paid a substantial amount of money to be the gunman.
The case continues.