Judge Calls For Cellular Phone Expert Witness

Shawnee County (KS) District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson ruled that a Topeka police detective can testify regarding how to track cellphones but when technical questions arise, the prosecution will need to rely on a professional cellular telephone expert witness.  Manuela Alcala and son Manuel Alcala are charged with felony first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit felony first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Ashley Alcala.  Judge Wilson stated that an expert witness will need to opine on how strong the signal between Ms. Alcala’s cellphone and the tower was during a call.

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