Family murders: Day three trial coverage

Cohen Hancz-Barron
Cohen Hancz-Barron(WPTA)
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 7:14 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Day three featured testimony from Fort Wayne police officers, Sarah Zent’s sister and the woman staying at the apartment Cohen Hancz-Barron fled to in Lafayette, Indiana.

That woman, Hannah Collins, says Hancz-Barron had a family connection which is why he came to her.

She asked, “Why are you here?” He claimed he got kicked out of Sarah Zent’s home and she may need to move the truck he drove to Lafayette because it might have been stolen.

She testified that a short time later, she says she left for a couple of hours and came back but Hancz-Barron asked to stay longer but asked him to leave. A short time later, the police kicked Collins’ door down and arrested Hancz-Barron. She says she was detained until police finished their investigation.

Detective Jason Palm showed the jury a picture of a red-stained knife matching the description of a knife possibly used in the killings.

Another detective said she collected duct tape and electrical tape from the stolen truck.

Detective Paul says officers were ”sick” over what happened and couldn’t finish collecting evidence the day of the crime. They went back two days later because they “Simply had enough for one day.”

The trial will resume Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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