A jury will begin hearing details Tuesday in what prosecutors say was a suffocation slaying of an 87-year-old woman at the hands of her handyman.
Aurie Bonner III, 32, is charged with murder in the 2012 slaying of Christine P. Cook. Cooks body was found inside her Macon home on Oct. 18.
Cook last spoke to her daughter on Oct. 16. After not hearing from her mother, the daughter called police, who found Cook dead in a bedroom with her face covered. Her car was missing and a jewelry box appeared to have been ransacked.
Cooks daughter, Cheryl Pepper, will be asked Tuesday to keep her emotions in check as she identifies a picture of her mothers body. A prosecutor, public defender and a judge agreed Monday that Pepper could then be excused to hear the rest of the case.
According to motions discussed Monday, jurors will hear testimony -- and may see graphic photographs -- about Cooks injuries. That includes internal bruising and broken bones, Assistant District Attorney Sandra Matson said. Superior Court Judge Howard Simms said he will rule on whether to allow each contested photograph as its presented for evidence.
All sides appeared likely to agree to showing jurors an edited version of Bonners statement to police. A monologue by Macon police Sgt. Scott Chapman will be excised.
Chapman testified Monday that investigators got more interested in Bonner as a suspect after someone trying to sell one of Cooks rings at a pawn shop pointed them in that direction. But police had already been looking at people whod known Cook because there were no signs of forced entry. That led Chapman to talk to Cooks daughter.
She described her mother would never open that door for anyone she didnt know. She always set the alarm, Chapman testified.
On Monday, attorneys also picked jurors and alternates.
Bonner sat calmly through those proceedings, sometimes learning forward intently. He had shuffled into the courtroom clad in black clothing, with chains tying his ankles together. His demeanor was in marked contrast to an earlier court hearing, in October 2012, when jailers carried him, writhing, by his arms and legs. During that hearing, he threatened to beat jailors.
The trial is expected to run through Wednesday. It resumes at 9:30 a.m. in Bibb County Courtroom A.