Video Update: Boyfriend Takes Stand In Murder Trial

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Posted May 2, 2012

The second day of testimony in the Monique Lee murder trial jurors were presented with motive and opportunity in the murder of her landlord Karen Jenkins.

They also were presented with testimony that some might call a confession, written with her own hand.

The jury heard testimony from Monique Lee's boyfriend at the time of the Jenkins murder Veotis Givens who told them about a note Monique gave him which prosecutors are portraying as an admission of guilt.

In the letter Lee says that if she goes away to prison she wants Givens to take care of her children. The problem is that Monique Lee wasn't a murder suspect at the time.

Monique Lee has the most on the line at her murder trial but she seems like the least interested. At times resting her head on her hands at the defense table lee doesn't appear to be participating in her defense.

Meanwhile prosecutors continue to present jurors with motive and opportunity. On Wednesday morning they introduced a letter some people could interpret as a kind of confession.

Veotis Givens describes himself as a friend of Monique Lee. He took the stand and described for the jurors how, just four days after Karen Jenkins disappearence, a tearful Monique Lee asked him to sign and date a letter she wrote.

Givens says he never read what he signed but at the time Lee was asking him if he "would take care of my kids?" and saying, "I don't want them going into the system."

But when Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine asked Givens if Lee talked about going to prison for the rest of her life he said, "no, never."

Givens did admit that he never read the entire letter before he turned it over to Omaha Police Detectives investigating Karen Jenkins murder.

The prosecution's star witness is Monique's brother, Gary Lee. He has already accepted a plea deal and will testify against his sister.

Gary Lee is expected to take the stand on Thursday.

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