DeKalb also brought up that his step-daughter did not wish him a happy birthday, and Loeffler believed his wife and stepdaughter were going to kill him.
But prosecutors used pictures to illustrate the details of what they called Loeffler’s plan to kill his wife, noting that he shot her not once, but twice.
According to court documents, Loeffler provided investigators with two versions of the circumstances.
He initially said the couple was fighting, possibly about laundry, and he feared for his life so he shot her. During a second interview, he said he overheard his wife on the phone with her daughter and became convinced the women were plotting to kill him.
The trial moved quickly into prosecution testimony, with Dr. Clifford Nelson, a deputy state medical examiner, outlining autopsy results and the gunshot wounds suffered by the victim, explaining that the second gunshot wound to the head was the primary one.
He noted that after “gunshot wound No. 1, she would almost certainly still be breathing, and appear that she wasn’t dead.”
Det. William Bailey with the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office also took the stand and described evidence to the jury. He talked about the .handgun used in the shooting.
Sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Doscher, who also testified Wednesday, was one of the first on the scene. He described Betty, saying her spilled blood was still red and fresh, which meant she had been killed recently.
Deputy Keith Slater said the same thing when he took the witness stand. He also said Lawrence Loeffler appeared to understand what was going on. He recorded a 37-minute conversation with Loeffler in his home, as they waited for a portable oxygen concentrator so they could transfer Loeffler to the sheriff's office and then to jail.