Relatives of Fort Worth woman slain in 1986 shed tears when looking a graphic photos

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FORT WORTH -- As relatives of Sandra Martin looked down or wiped away tears, jurors got their first glance Friday at the taped and bound body of the 27-year-old Fort Worth woman found slain inside the bedroom of her southwest Fort Worth home almost 25 years ago.

The photographs, flashed on a projection screen in the middle of 372nd District Court, also showed other evidence found by crime scene officers on Sept. 22, 1986:

A pillow with a bullet hole through it that had been found on the floor at the foot of the bed.

A piece of twisted, bloody duct tape found on the carpet.

A spent cartridge discovered on the made bed.

A piece of duct tape wrapped loosely around a post of the headboard.

A razor on the carpet near a small pool of blood.

The photograph of Martin's body showed the woman lying on her back alongside the bed and near a dresser. Bloody duct tape covered both her eyes and her mouth. Her wrists were bound, and her white skirt was pushed up and her silk panties pushed down around her feet, both ankles separately wrapped in duct tape.

The photos and evidence were introduced Friday as part of second-day proceedings in the capital murder trial of Jay Thayer Williams, 66, a Dallas real estate agent accused of fatally shooting and trying to rape Martin as her two children played elsewhere in the house.

Police have said Williams posed as a prospective buyer to gain entry to the home, which the Martins had put up for sale.

Williams has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier in the day, Stefanie Page, a former DNA analyst for Orchid Cellmark, testified that testing she performed on Martin's sweater and skirt revealed only DNA from the mother and her two young children and excluded Williams.

In opening statements Thursday, prosecutor Kevin Rousseau said he believes that jurors will conclude that a more specific type of testing done later on the collar of Martin's sweater shows a connection to Williams.

The trial is set to resume Tuesday morning.

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