CRESCO — A shell casing found in the back bedroom of a mobile home where Zoe Fullhart was shot and killed came from a 9 mm pistol her husband handed to friends moments after the shooting.
Jurors heard about the match Monday as prosecutors rested their case in the trial of trial for Brian Allen Fullhart, 35, in Howard County District Court.
Prosecutors said Brian Fullhart shot his 34-year-old wife once in the head in a back room of a Cresco mobile home Feb. 28, 2018. He is charged with first-degree murder.
Defense attorney Matthew Hoffey said his client was psychotic at the time of the shooting and is angling for a lesser manslaughter charge.
Victor Murillo, a criminalist with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said a ballistics examination showed a single fired casing from the scene matched the Smith & Wesson pistol seized in the investigation. He said other than an occasional problem with the trigger resetting after firing, the weapon worked as designed.
In other evidence Monday, Sabrina Seehafer, a DNA expert with the DCI, said blood found on Brian Fullhart’s hands following the slaying matched his wife’s DNA profile. She also said she didn’t locate any of Brian Fullhart’s DNA on the pistol, but found DNA that matched Torrey Willie, who lived at the mobile home where the shooting occurred and was inside at the time.
Earlier testimony showed Willie and Brian Fullhart used the pistol for target practice earlier in the week.
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Also on Monday, DCI Agent Scott Reger, who interviewed Brian Fullhart following the shooting, returned to the stand. He said investigators seized a glass pipe and a container with a “white substance” from the mobile home and another pipe from a van parked outside, but he said he didn’t know if any of the items tested positive for methamphetamine.
Hoffey also asked Reger about music he listened to with Brian Fullhart for more than an hour in the police interview room before he was taken to jail. Reger said Fullhart had cut short the interview, and they waited for a search warrant to be approved to collect Fullhart’s clothing.
He said Fullhart was agitated by uniformed police and deputies in the building and had asked to listen to a radio, so he pulled up the Pandora music service on his phone and entered the performer Cat Stevens at Fullhart’s request. From there, the music app chose the songs, he said.
The music calmed Fullhart, he said.
“He seemed to enjoy listening to the music, as did I,” the agent said.
Trial will be in recess today because of witness scheduling issues, and testimony is expected to resume on Wednesday.