“It was the most treacherous, terribly gut-tightening feeling I’ve ever had. It made me sick and I felt like I couldn’t even touch my own skin,” Jade Junks testified.
Vista, Calif. — A Solana Beach woman accused of murdering her stepfather made her second day of defense in a Vista court.
On Friday morning, 39-year-old Jade Junks told jurors about the moment she found nude photos of herself on her stepfather, Thomas Merriman’s computer.
Junks said she was cleaning Merriman’s house while he was in the hospital when she discovered the photos.
“When I went to his office area to clean, I was wiping things up. I bumped my mouse and shook the screen. On the screen is a picture of a woman’s breasts. On my chest I have a mole on my chest,” Junks testified.
Junks saw over 100 nude photos of herself on her stepfather, Thomas Merriman’s computer, and discovered that he actually cropped some of her photos and put them in various folders based on various information about her. I was moved when I told the jury that I was split into two. body part.
She testified that the photos were from when she was 16 and that they were in a private folder on her laptop and digital camera that she did not expect him to have access to.
Junks’ defense attorneys repeatedly asked her if she had ever shown Merriman photos like this or had told him about these photos.
Junks kept saying, “No, no, he was my dad.”
Jade Junks is accused of giving Merriman pills and suffocating him to death.
His body was found under a pile of garbage next to the garage on January 2, 2021.
At some point in the morning’s testimony, her attorney told her to speak directly to the jury and tell them how she felt when she found the photos.
Junks said, “It was the most invasive, awful, gut-wrenching feeling I’ve ever had. I felt sick and I couldn’t even touch my own skin. I don’t know if it ever happened.” not. [are] I’ve never seen anything so bad, even in a movie. ”
Jurors were handed packets containing what appeared to be photo thumbnails as they passed packets from one juror to the next.
One woman briefly held the parcel and shook her head before handing it over while the other jurors quickly looked at it.
After the lunch break, court will resume, and Junks is expected to be cross-examined by prosecutors at some point Friday afternoon.
Junks will face life in prison if convicted.
Watch: Solana Beach woman charged with murdering stepfather testifies (Dec. 15):