Witnesses took the stand Wednesday in the murder trial of Terrance Hale, accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home before setting their house on fire.
Last February, Hale allegedly threw a rock through the window of the house near 33rd and Ernst and demanded money from Raymond and Elizabeth Vasholz. Police said when the couple refused he assaulted them, pushed furniture to the doors to prevent their escape and then set the structure on fire. Raymond died and Elizabeth was badly burned.
Inside the courtroom Hale was wearing a suit and looked calm and confident. Some of his family members were there. Hale has claimed his innocence and said he was trying to rescue the couple from the fire.
On Wednesday most of the testimony was from Omaha crime lab technicians. The jury was shown photos from the scene that showed the Vasholz's home in disarray with furniture broken, scattered and damaged by fire and smoke.
Also in the photos, apparent blood throughout the house, including the living room, dining room, and bedroom. Another lab technician testified that fingerprints were not found in the house, but the blood was swabbed and tested.
As for the Vasholz's family, they were also in court Wednesday. They said Elizabeth is doing well, but it's been a long and painful recovery. They said she does plan to testify in court. Testimony will pick back up Thursday morning.