Detective on Evan Brewer photo in court: ‘Standing there clad…with a chain around his neck’


The trial for Stephen Bodine, the man accused of killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old son continued Friday. Jurors heard more from the state’s witnesses.  They also got to see first-hand the concrete structure Evan Brewer’s body was found in.

One of the prosecutors looked visibly emotional as she asked the judge to stop testimony and continue the trial Monday.

The day started with jurors listening to law enforcement describe the concrete structure where Evan’s body was found, encased in. Jurors were actually escorted outside of the courthouse to view this piece of evidence, along with members of Evan’s family.

The state talked about several causes of death for Evan, including strangulation, but the defense challenged this with further questioning.

Defense to forensic analyst:
“There would be bruising and hemorrhaging on those muscles in and around the neck?”

That’s possible. 

“And in your examination of this body you did not find anything like that?”

“That’s correct.”

After lunch, testimony continued with the state presenting pieces of evidence found within Bodine and Miranda Miller’s home. This included a shovel, mesh, and a partially filled bag of concrete. The prosecution tried to connect these items to Evan’s tomb.

They started to show photos of Evan, too graphic to show, and this is when many in the courtroom became emotional.

“Standing there clad with a chain around his neck, did he have any clothes on during the whole video that you see? Pause. “No,” said Detective Christian Cory, Wichita Police Department.

Testimony will continue Monday morning and we will be there to provide the latest updates in the case.

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