CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) — On day four of David Creato’s murder trial, jurors were shown photographs of where victim Brendan Creato was found in Cooper River Park.
Among those photographs were several depicting the three old boy lying atop a rock, his body partially submerged in the water.READ MORE: 2022 Wawa Welcome America Festival Guide: Road Closures, Public Transportation Information
Detective Nick Volano, who led the crime scene probe, told prosecutor Christine Shah that silt from the water had soiled the child’s pajamas but his socks were clean.
Volano also oversaw a test in which a 3-year-old with socks on top of her shoes walked from Creato’s Haddon Township apartment down to the scene where Brendan was found. The socks used in that test were covered with dirt.READ MORE: Rhys Hoskins, Darick Hall Homer, Lead Phillies Past Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
Jurors toured the park for themselves, under the guidance of trial judge John Kelley. Another judge issued an order earlier this week barring the news media from that area while the jury was present.
Along for that tour was Sergeant John Quigley, an officer with the Delaware River Port Authority police. He placed cones at three locations in Cooper River Park, including the place where he first found Brendan’s body about three hours after David reported him missing.
Earlier in the day, defense attorney Richard Fuschino got homicide detective Michael Rhodes to concede that he considered Brendan’s death as a homicide almost from the beginning. But it took two weeks before he considered David Creato a suspect.MORE NEWS: CBS3 SummerFest: Catch The Ocean Breeze Without Sitting On Sand With Atlantic City Cruises
Creato was arrested in January of 2016 at a work site, some 3 months after Brendan’s death, and subsequently charged with murder.
Testimony in the case resumes on Tuesday.