The prosecution called its final witnesses against Matthew Tornquist for the alleged murder of his mother Catherine, as the trial of the Hot Springs man resumed Monday.Prosecutors called a total of five witnesses to the stand including a former inmate at the Fall River County Jail. He testified that Tornquist admitted to killing his mother and cremating her body.
Special Agent Brent Gromer of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation also told the jury about the discovery of internet searches on two laptops, in reference to forensics, manufacturing homemade weapons and silencers .Another DCI Special Agent, Brett Garland, told about several books in Tornquist's home pertaining to firearm forensics, DNA and avoiding surveillance.
Using cell phone records, intelligence analyst Mandi Britton provided testimony regarding Tornquist’s movements around the time of his mother’s disappearance.
First Gold Casino employee, Sherry Green, showed club card documents showing Tornquist had circulated more than $3,300 in a two hour period just after Catherine Tornquist went missing.
Tornquist faces a possible life sentence if convicted.The defense is scheduled to begin its case Tuesday morning.