UPDATE: Confusion surrounding incident details in McCowan case
Potential discrepancies in the testimony of the former roommate of stabbing victim Andrew Singler were addressed Tuesday afternoon during the trial of Singler’s alleged murderer, Connor McCowan.
MSU alumnus Tyler Aho lived with Singler at the time of his death and told the jury in Ingham County Circuit Court on Tuesday that he witnessed the altercation between Singler and McCowan in the time before Singler was stabbed.
He testified that when Singler answered the door, he held his roommate back while McCowan stood in the hallway.
In previous court testimony, Aho said Singler overpowered him and came after McCowan, punching him in the face, but today testified that McCowan and Singler went after each other.
He said the blow delivered was “not the strongest punch he (Singler) could have thrown” but acknowledged that Singler was “in shape” and was an athlete that lifted weights on occasion.
Aho testified today that after the struggle in the hallway, Connor stumbled and the fight continued inside the apartment where Singler was fatally stabbed.
He previously told officers that he didn’t see the knife prior to the fight, and incorrectly identified the colors of the knife’s handle.
He said today that he first saw the knife after Singler had fallen to the floor, when McCowan was holding the weapon loosely in his hand.
Chris Bergstrom, McCowan’s attorney, questioned the veracity of Aho’s claims, and wondered how he could identify the colors of the knife
Aho then backtracked and said he didn’t see the knife until after Singler had fallen to the floor and McCowan was holding the weapon loosely in his hands with only a few fingers.
McCowan’s trial resumes Thursday morning.
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