State rests in Pollard case

Bruce Pollard

Prosecutors rested their case Friday afternoon in the first degree murder trial of Bruce Pollard.

The State ended with Ottumwa Police Investigator Steve Harris on the stand.

Harris sat stoically as jurors listened to audio recordings of two interviews police conducted with Pollard in the days following the March 11, 2012 murder of adult theater manager Kenneth McDaniel.

In the second interview, Pollard can be heard telling Harris that he killed McDaniel in self defense.

That claim is the backbone of the defense. The state claims McDaniel was killed in a robbery attempt gone wrong. Pollard's defense maintains the beating and strangling of the elderly McDaniel was done in self defense, after McDaniel attempted to sexually assault Pollard.

The case, which began on Tuesday, is expected to wind up early next week.

Before dismissing them for the weekend, Judge Lucy Gamon told jurors that the defense should rest its case on Monday. That means the case could be in the jury's hands as early as Tuesday.

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