After a full day of courtroom witness interviews and an extended recess until 2:30 pm, at 4:45 pm, after cross-examination of the last witness, the Defense for Michael Lawrence rests. The jury trial will continue tomorrow at 9:00 am.
The case involves the property at 640 N. Lake Dr., Watertown, SD, of the Mary Goepfert estate, who passed away on January 4th, 2018. Lawrence purchased the property, and before the contracted date of closing, August 10th, 2018, he found over $46,000 in valued gold coins. Lawrence and his wife, Kayleigh, took it to Minneapolis and sold it.
According to court documents, he is being charged with two counts of “Grand Theft – More than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a class four felony, and each carries up to 10 years of imprisonment and an optional fine of up to $30,000
Witnesses called to stand today included Travis Cantwell, “Jan” Lawrence (mother), Steve Dutenhoffer, Derek Kuchenreutcher, a digital forensics analyst, Lawrence himself, and Lawrence’s divorce lawyer from Sioux Falls, Jason Sutton.
According to statements made in court, William “Doc” Howard and Travis Cantwell were interviewed yesterday, and the jury selection. Judge Robert Spears is the presiding judge. Defense Attorney Clint Sargent and Prosecution is Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Zachrison.