A pastor of a church in the Central Valley in California was accused of Attempted Murder, Murder and Elder Abuse of an 85 year old member of the community. A central focus of the trial was a tracing of the funds looted by the pastor. The forensic accounting analysis and high-profile testimony provided the financial motivation for the crime. This trial was featured on NBC Dateline.
The critical nature of funds tracing and its importance in establishing motive
The importance of making complex issues simple for jury presentation
Poor testimony by the opposing expert was rejected by the jury