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"The investigators had pater with this kid ricky who summed up the endgame that Doug had recruited him to play a crucial rolling. Take care the because his life okay you say why <music> Hyder Lieutenant Christians and called detective Scott Scott Back in Michigan they'd broken. He's our guy and Mike's reaction was something to the effect of Holy Cow. Mike Scott who breach patients with a prosecutor before immediately dispatched officers to apprehend Doug Stuart Trooper Aaron Steen's. Mo was part of the team that tailed into this convenience store. We just walked in the Douglas Stewart you under arrest and he turned around place. The handcuffs on him surprised absolutely absolutely absolutely. I thought it was a mistake and I get an apology. Doug had told police from the beginning he thought Venus skipped out on him and the kids after his arrest. He said it again to detective Scott. I got very upset. I told him I said I worked for you from day one. I do not know where my wife is Theresa. How did you learn that Doug had been arrested state. Police came to the House and told us the same day total Venus was deceased police had declared her dead even without finding her body and prosecutors were preparing to file a first degree murder charges but as Doug Stewart got ready to stand trial for murder. Venus's Genesis family trials were far from over February two thousand eleven a courtroom in Central Michigan in Saint Joseph County people the State Data Michigan versus Douglas Stuart it had been nearly a year since Venus. Stewart disappeared in her pajamas. Her husband Doug was now on trial for her murder. Even even though the body was never found a fundamental fact of the defense's case Doug pleaded not guilty and said he was surprised he was even arrested. This is my opening. Thanks take the responsibility for prosecuting Doug. Stewart fell baby-faced John McDonnell Douglas Stuart caused the death of Venus Stewart seated needed at the defense table drugstore wearing casual sweaters and sweater vests courtroom demeanor which is H. He was very good at kind of presenting himself as kind of the all American guy. It was very bizarre because we would go into chambers. He would talk how he was one of the guys and you're on trial for murdering your wife and and none of this seems to affect him one bit as the prosecutor began his case his opening witnesses focused on April twenty-sixth two thousand ten the Dave eanet vanished state trooper Aaron Stevens. My first on the scene testified that he believed he was looking at a crime as soon as he talked Venus's parents. I pulled in the driveway and I was met by female who was hysterical crying. And what did you do next <hes>. She told me that he took her. He took her took her early on mcdonagh wanted the jury to meet Venus's parents to see them as the stable decent and loving people there were Venus wasn't some kind of wild L. Child bad mother. Was it that your daughter would've after children alone. It was more than odd. It was something that would not happen happen. After sketching out the last day that things might ever be normal for Venus's parents. The prosecutor turned the clock back twenty four hours and move the seen from Michigan to Northwest Ohio April twenty fifth had been a chilly night in Van Wert Ohio and the man who walked in the front door of the Walmart was easy to remember according to the Walmart security officer despite the weather he was wearing allowed shirt and flowery Hawaiian shorts as the customer entering right here fracture there. He is right here. What is this this is associated Rebecca. Hill but the customer following her jurors watched intently as the video show doug marching through the aisles at the defendant's table. The accused knew what was coming next and inventory Tori of the items he bought that night he picked up a shop gloves a tarp and a hat. We've told this appears to be a shovel tarp in his left hand. The clerks at Walmart had no trouble remembering the customer. Most people weren't wearing shorts at that a time. Donna stiffler cashier in the lawn and garden section remembered approaching the customer who looked like he was going to a Luau. I said welcome to Walmart. Can I help you and the first thing I think he has or was lime. Why would you ask for lime. You throw lime on anything this decanes. It's almost almost acts like a baking. Soda would absorb odors. Donna told the shopper sorry they didn't sell live. She said he grunted and kept on moving minutes later leader. He was back at her register to check out. You remember what that person bought a tarp Chinese shovel silver <hes> I duct tape and gloves you see that person coral today was that yes could you point them out and describe what he's wearing. uh-huh <hes> what is he wearing a white vest. I remember is is more than anything else. You could tell that she was just terrified of this guy my God I you know I sold this guy. These things that helped him his wife and there was something else that trip doug on a credit card blunder before he went to Michigan Doug bought a throwaway so l. phone called a phone that normally assures anonymity except as you can see Doug Swiping here. He's just bought it with a credit card that created any electronic chronic receipt revealing the phones unique. Id that made the phone and Doug movements easily traceable didn't think we would find these track ones that he had master criminals from Annals don't save receipts and buying credit cards absolutely not Krieger could then follow the path of that particular track phone through GPS technology just as if it were a personal cell cell phone using the phones. How close can you get him to his wife's driveway pretty close <hes> within five to seven miles but by now now something else put him even closer old fashioned forensics remember the smudge on the plastic tarp wrapper found outside being us as parents house. It was a fingerprint reprint turned out Doug Stewart's fingerprint placing him at the scene of Venus's disappearance prosecutors believed it was damning evidence swear Jones wrestler but to close the deal. They'd have to put on the stand. The college kid imposter with a head-spinning tale to tell. Would it be too incredible to be believed breath coming up. Is this where I want you to come in. I want you to be my alibi. Ricky Spencer lays it all all out a plan to murder who's like a game. He was a part of this game."