Today the trial for Laurence Alan Stewart II saw an interesting turn of events. In a special evidentiary hearing, three new witnesses took the stand, and a piece of mail was at the forefront.
Judge Sandefur: "What's the date on the postmark?"
Charles Weiss: "November 1st"
Weiss worked with Stewart's father in eastern Pennsylvania. The mail allegedly sent by Laurence II was addressed to Weiss's residence containing possible key evidence.
Weiss recalled a conversation with Stewart's father saying he "explained to Larry what the video's were, what was on the video's, that's when he told me to get rid of them."
Weiss informed ATF Agent Dave O'Brien of what he saw.
Attorney: "Do you recognize those?"
O'Brien: "Yes I do"
Attorney: "Was that the property turned over to you by Mr. Weiss?"
O'Brien: "Yes it was"
Attorney: "Did you watch the video's?"
O'Brien: "No I did not"
While O'Brien did not watch the video's, he and the ATF forwarded the evidence he received to Detective Michelle Gibbons of Stafford County, Virginia. The county Stewart is accused of fleeing from.
Gibbons stated, "I received this on November 9, 2012"
Gibbons testified seeing the videos after obtaining a warrant. She claims the video was of the defendant. She testified that "on the discs it appeared to be Laurence Stewart II. Kind of like a self made video."
The whole mailing contained a letter, lottery tickets, and the two videos. After deliberation, Judge Dirk Sandefur allowed part of one video to appear as evidence.