Sep 24, 2015 8:53 PM
DOVER - Aaron Wilkinson's father took the witness stand during the second day of a murder trial for the Rochester man who allegedly killed his teenaged son during a robbery gone wrong.
Paul Carroll told jurors on the night his son died in June of last year, he went to bed at approximately 11:30 p.m., but was woken up at 1:14 a.m. by a light coming into his room. It appeared as if someone was using it to pan the woods near his home on Evans Road in Madbury, he said.
"I was in a dead sleep, so it took me a second to process what I had seen, and realized someone was probably outside," Carroll said.
He went to the top of his stairway, and called down to Wilkinson, who had been watching television. Wilkinson then spoke his last words to his father from the bottom of the stairs.
"He said that it was Tristan, and that he had some car problems, and that he needed to borrow a flashlight," Carroll said.
Carroll said he knew accused murderer Tristan Wolusky, now 19, and went back to bed. He did not hear or see anything else until the next morning. When he went outside at approximately 7:30 a.m., he noticed that his son's skateboarding equipment was out of place, and then saw blood and a long drag mark in his dirt driveway.
Carroll tried contacting Wilkinson, and then called police.
The state alleges that Wolusky lured Wilkinson outside on June 21, 2014, and with two co-conspirators, tried to rob the 18-year-old of drugs and money. When they realized he did not have a stash of either, they stabbed him 22 times with a machete and two large knives, before stuffing his body into a car and driving it to Maine, where it was dumped along a rural road.
Jurors on Thursday saw the alleged murder weapons up close. Criminalist Kevin McMahon testified that he found blood on the machete.
"That physical examination noted deposits of red-brown matter toward the tip of the blade, on both sides of the blade," he said.
McMahon also found blood on the two large knives allegedly used in the murder, and said blood was found on the car allegedly used to transport Wilkinson's corpse. A woman found Wilkinson the next day on Long Swamp Road in Lebanon.
No fingerprints were found on the machete or knives, but prosecutors say Wolusky and his co-conspirators, Zachary Pinette and Michael Tatum, purchased superglue to put on their fingertips before they arrived at Wilkinson's house, in an attempt to prevent leaving behind prints.
Testimony is expected to continue Friday morning at Strafford County Superior Court.
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