Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens' Attorney Complains about Lateness of Efforts to Find Evidence; No Photo of Woman Found on Phone

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens' Attorney Complains about Lateness of Efforts to Find Evidence; No Photo of Woman Found on Phone

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ST. LOUIS - Defense attorneys asked the judge in the trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to halt evidence gathering as jury selection entered its second day.

A special examiner extracted thousands of images from Greitens' cellphone "and none were found" of a woman whom the governor is charged with photographing while she was at least partially naked, Greitens' attorney Jim Martin said.

The defense was complaining about the lateness of efforts to search for evidence, saying the request wasn't made until late April. Greitens, 44, was indicted in February on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.

Investigators found no evidence that a picture was deleted on the day that Greitens and the woman had their sexual encounter, according to court testimony Friday.

"We believe the time has come to shut this all down," Martin told St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, who did not immediately rule on the request.

The painstaking process of questioning potential jurors continued through the day Friday in the Civil Courts building. By the time court adjourned about 7:30 p.m., a total of 33 people had been approved to return for closer questioning and about 50 people had been dismissed for hardship or because they had formed an opinion on the case.

"Can we kind of move this along?" Burlison said at one point Friday morning. He said he didn't think "we're outrageous in saying we're having much more inquiry than yesterday."

An additional 74 potential jurors will be questioned Monday. Those who make it through the initial round will return Tuesday for more questioning, and a jury could be seated then. The presentation of evidence may not start until Wednesday.

Greitens has acknowledged having an affair with the woman, his hair stylist, more than three years ago. She told her ex-husband, in a conversation that he tape-recorded surreptitiously, that the affair began at Greitens' Central West End home in March 2015, when Greitens taped her to exercise equipment, blindfolded her and took a picture of her partially nude. When she got upset, she told her ex-husband, Greitens said he had deleted the photo.

During the encounter, she said, Greitens told her: "You're never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of (you) everywhere. …

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