Prosecution lays out case in Fulton County murder trial

June 10, 2019 07:12 PM

Testimony continues in the Fulton County murder trial of Daniel Nellis. He's accused of killing 21-year-old Michaela MacVilla, last fall.

The prosecution is laying out its case detail by detail. The jury heard on Monday from the person who discovered MacVilla's body, as well as from the FBI and state police.


A FBI special agent talked about how law enforcement analyzes tower reports and cell phone records.

A trooper also talked about using a drone to map the cornfield where MacVilla's body was found in October 2018 – along with a lighter and eyeglasses nearby.

Nellis, 45, of Oppenheim is on trial for murder and weapons charges. Police say he's the one who killed MacVilla last year.

Prosecutors say the last number called from her phone went to a phone connected to Nellis and that his own home surveillance video shows her going into and leaving his home after what became her last shift at work at Stewart's.

Police say MacVilla was found face down in the cornfield, that she had been shot in the back of her head, and that her body was found about a week after she went missing.

MacVilla's family is following this case very closely. Hear MacVilla's aunt describe the emotional moments when she heard the 911 call from the man who found her niece's body by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.


WNYT Staff

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