JEFFERSONVILLE — The prosecution and the defense closed their arguments Tuesday in the Edward Dale Bagshaw murder trial.
Jeffersonville Police Department Detective Todd Hollis was the last witness called to testify by Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
Hollis spent much of the morning on the witness stand paging through a history of phone messages between Bagshaw and the estranged wife he has admitted to murdering, Kelly Bagshaw.
Mull and Bagshaw’s attorney Perry McCall asked Hollis to clarify the times messages were sent and to read many of the messages aloud. The reading of the messages, which date back weeks prior to Kelly Bagshaw’s death Nov. 13, 2011, left jurors with few doubts that the couple’s relationship was turbulent.
The theme of the text history can be characterized as Dale Bagshaw making multiple attempts to mend the broken relationship, and Kelly Bagshaw wanting only for him to be a father, not a husband. The message history showed the couple had also texted back and forth about who will eventually get custody of the 2- and 6-year-old children they shared. The messages also tell a story of the Bagshaws suspecting each other of having extramarital affairs.
Mull said by showing the text history to the jurors, it helps them understand the circumstances of the Bagshaws’ relationship leading up to the time of the murder.
“Those texts simply corroborated what we already knew,” Mull said. “Mr. Bagshaw and Mrs. Bagshaw had a relationship where he wanted her back, and she didn’t want to be with him.”
As Hollis read the text messages before the jurors, the messages chronologically led up to the day of Kelly Bagshaw’s death as she drove to Dale Bagshaw’s home in Lafayette Square Apartments on 10th Street in Jeffersonville.
According to testimonies, at 12:37 p.m. Kelly Bagshaw sent a text to Dale Bagshaw that she was on her way. She sent another text at 12:58 p.m. that she was pulling into the complex.