Defense seeks evidence in Porter County's only homicide case of the year

2011-08-26T19:00:00Z 2011-08-27T18:20:40Z Defense seeks evidence in Porter County's only homicide case of the yearBy Bob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345

VALPARAISO | Porter County's only homicide case of the year so far is expected to heat up Monday when the defense makes its case for the release of evidence.

Defense attorney Paul Stracci has asked the court to order the release of statements made by his client, Fredrick Cashner Jr., of Jackson Township.

He also is seeking access to the crime scene and any evidence collected, a long list of witness statements, search warrants, cellphone records, autopsy and other lab reports, and E911 call recordings.

It appears from court records that prosecutors already have provided the defense with a similar list of evidence.

Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford, who will oversee Monday's hearing, had granted a request by prosecutors in May to collect saliva, fingerprint and handprint samples from Cashner.

Cashner is accused of using a high-powered semiautomatic rifle April 24 to fire at least eight bullets into the body of his estranged wife, Cynthia Cashner, at her business, Mystic Moon Herbal Shoppe along U.S. 6.

Cynthia Cashner's body was found on an air mattress after police received a 911 call about 10:25 p.m. Dispatchers reportedly heard faint breathing on the line and nothing else, though on second review, detectives later heard a male voice in the background say, "It's too late," followed by three or four gunshots, police said.

Fredrick Cashner pleaded not guilty in May to a single murder charge, which carries a potential sentence of between 45 and 65 years in prison. The case is scheduled for trial Oct. 31.

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