Defendant Charles “Steve” Stephenson informed detectives his DNA would be in Leigh Jennings’ apartment, testified Indiana State Police Det. Pete Tressler Wednesday, May 15.
Stephenson, 59, is accused of Jennings’ murder in March 2012. ISP detectives interviewed Stephenson Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, finally informing him of Jennings’ murder in the third of three recorded interviews. Afterwards, as ISP Det. Tracy Rohlfing went after a search warrant for the Walton, Ky., man’s apartment, Stephenson made some comments about DNA to ISP Det. Glenn Potts, then to Tressler, said Tressler.
“He said that his DNA would be on the coffeepot, the refrigerator, black plates ... a pepper grinder ... and a large red skillet,” said Tressler. He had used the pepper grinder to put pepper on his pizza the night he’d eaten with her, then washed dishes including the skillet, he’d explained to Tressler. Tressler found the comments very relevant, as both the grinder and skillet are considered to be the murder weapons, and no one but police and others familiar with the crime scene would have known about the two items, he testified.