COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Witnesses are testifying in Jeffery Moretz' trial for the murder of his estranged wife, Christine, at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples in 2011. He faces life in prison, if convicted of Second Degree Murder. Testimony started at 9:00 a.m.
Below are live updates from the courtroom:
2:30: Collier County Sheriff's Patrol Sgt. Dale Dear testifies. He says he responded to a shooting in progress at Physicians Regional Hospital on July 5th. He got into the room at 2:07 p.m. and there was medical staff around. He saw a second body, with no one nearby, moments later. Dear says the majority of the medical staff was attending to the male. Dear says Christine was face up, laying on her back. He says witness Ruiz gave him a firearm two minutes later, and that it was a Ruger LCP 380 cailber semi-automatic, black handgun.
2:00 p.m.: Kyle Grealis, a respiratory therapist at the hospital, takes the stand. He heard the "code silver" page, when he was on the second floor, which means "active shooter on campus." In the two months prior to the shooting, the staff had "code silver" training, which was a new procedure. Grealis responded to the third floor, and saw staff running, and a chaotic scene. He saw people in distress and panicking. Grealis said he could smell gun powder, because he has experience with firearms. He said he got to room 330, and overheard people saying, "He shot her!" Grealis peered around the doorway, but didn't immediately enter the room. He said he saw a man slumped over and another person laying facedown on other side of bed. Grealis said the man was on the phone with his mother, and said, "I shot her." He wasn't sure if the man was talking to him or to the person on the phone. Grealis asked where the gun was, and Moretz motioned where it was. Grealis moved to get it, but witness Ronald Ruiz told him not to. Grealis says the woman was laying facedown, facing opposite of him. He says she was trying to get air, and was pretty much taking her last breaths. Grealis says she suffered a head wound, and there was brain matter on the ground.
Grealis helped secure Moretz' air way. He says the bullet entered undered Moretz' chin. His jaw was broken in several places, and Grealis didn't see whether or not there was an exit wound.
1:30 p.m.: Brenda Garcia, a CNA at the hospital, testifies. She says she worked there a little over four years. She drew blood from witness Camuglia on July 5th. Christine was there when she got there to take blood, and a man (Moretz) just walked in unannounced. She said Christine told her to call security, no one else. She seemed scared, and not right. Garcia says Moretz pulled a gun out from the side, and pointed it straight at Christine. Garcia didn't hear any yelling or screaming. She says he was three or four feet from her, with his arm extended out. Garcia ran out of the room. She heard gunfire, and was exiting the room as he fired. Garcia ran and didn't look back. She heard a second shot moments later.
Garcia says it all happened a couple of minutes after Moretz went into the room, and that she didn't hear the conversation the two were having. She didn't know anyone in the room before, and didn't go back into the room after.
12:13: The court is in recess until 1:30 p.m.
11:54 a.m.: Corporal Melvin Payne with the Collier County Sheriff's Office testifies. He was dispatched to the hospital on July 5th for a shooting. When he got there, he secured the third floor, and then escorted the patient with a gunshot wound to the ER. While in the ER, the nurse, he doesn't recall her name, gave him items. One of those items was a .22 North American Arms pistol that was fully loaded. Corporal Payne was also given a Ruger 380 magazine, and a bottle of pills. These items were shown to jury, except for bottle of pills. Corporal Payne also explained the difference between a revolver and pistol.
11:27 a.m.: Joann Orrino, an ER nurse at the day of shooting, takes the stand. She says she heard an alert that someone in hospital had a gun. Orrino says Moretz was brought to the ER from within the hospital and she knew he had been shot. Moretz was brought down on stretcher, and he was awake. The staff put an IV in, attached a heart monitor, and checked his vital signs. Orrino tried to identify him, and looked for his wallet in his pants pockets. That's when she found a gun. Orrino then found Moretz' drivers license in his wallet, and asked him if he was Jeffrey Moretz. He shook his head that he was. She turned the gun over to officer.
11:09 a.m.: Ruiz says the hospital alerted "code silver," its an internal code for combative person. Ruiz says it took him and another security guard minutes to get to the room on the third floor. He says they smelt gun powder when they exited the elevator, and when Ruiz got into room, he kicked the pistol away from Moretz. Ruiz says there was a lot of blood and that Christine was laying facedown on the floor gasping for air. Ruiz showed surveillance video of Moretz walking around the hospital to the court.
10:50 a.m.: Ronald Ruiz, the director of facilities at the hospital, testifies.
10:48 a.m.: Michael Camuglia is the first person to testify. He works at high rise condo in Pelician Bay and worked there in 2011. He was Christine's co-worker and the patient she was visiting at the time of the shooting. Camuglia was admitted to the hospital on July 4th for his heart. Chrisitine visited him that day and went back July 5th in the afternoon. He testifed that he did not know Mr. Moretz. He was getting blood drawn at the time when Mr. Moretz walked in, he was calm. Camuglia said he thinks Christine went out of her way to make sure Moretz knew he was a co-worker. He says the two had a coversation about hating hospitals. Then, Christine and Moretz started to get into a heated discussion. After getting blood drawn and seeing the conversation escalate Camuglia had nurse call security, but there was no yelling. Shortly after he says Moretz pulled out a pistol from his pocket and shot Christine right next to his bed. He says he was in fear and watched what Moretz was going to do next... and that Moretz then put the pistol to his neck and shot himself. He then left the room. Camuglia didn't know the two were estranged. He said she was never inappropraite with him.