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January 15, 2013

Arguments end in murder trial

Jury deliberation to begin Wednesday on fate of Dale Bagshaw



McCall said the phone could have made a sound that was mistaken by Bagshaw as an incoming call. He added that a noise from the phone could have been any alert, possibly from a previously deleted call, text or voice message.



While Mull took nearly four days to present the prosecution, McCall called upon only two witnesses and offered his case in less than two hours. He called a former employee of Dale Bagshaw’s car lot business, who stated that she knew Bagshaw to be a man who put his family before his own needs.

He also called Dr. George Parker, a forensic psychologist at Indiana University School of Medicine, who is be a leading doctor in the field, according to his credentials. Parker was hired by the defense counsel to conduct a mental health evaluation of the defendant.

The nearly three-hour-long evaluation took place at the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in March 2012.

Parker said though his comprehensive evaluation, he determined that Dale Bagshaw had a suffered a difficult childhood that included Child Protective Service splitting up his four siblings and placing him into a foster home where he was physically and verbally abused. He was later placed into the care of his grandparents where the abuse continued, Parker said. Finally, he was returned to the custody of his then-alcoholic mother where he was abused by a string of boyfriends and other relatives.

“The family, basically, was shattered, early on,” Parker said. “It shows he has a long history of trauma.”

Parker said the pattern continued into Dale Bagshaw’s adult life with dysfunctional relationships, including his three marriages.

Parker’s testimony supported the defense’s argument that Bagshaw does not remember what happened during Kelly Bagshaw’s death, saying he found reason to diagnose him with probable dissociative amnesia. 

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