MUSCATINE, Iowa — A man has testified that he saw a woman now on trial for murder burn what he says were bloody clothes a day or two after the eastern Iowa slaying in 1992.
The Muscatine Journal reports that Scott Payne told a jury Thursday that Annette Cahill said the clothes were covered with paint. He says he believed otherwise, because he knew the difference between red paint and blood from his days working in a pig slaughterhouse.
Cahill, now 56, was charged in May 2018 with first-degree murder in the beating death of her former boyfriend Corey Wieneke. Her first trial ended in a mistrial because jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.
Payne didn't testify about the clothes at the first trial, and he told a prosecutor that he didn't report what he saw because he tried to avoid police, owing to what he says was his use of drugs and illegal driving.
Testimony is expected to resume Friday.