EUGENE, Ore. — The murder trial for 33-year-old Robert Cromwell got under way Wednesday morning.
He’s the Springfield man accused of beating his ex-fiance to death with a baseball bat.
Robert Cromwell is facing two counts. One for the murder of his ex-fiance Casey Wright and the other for unlawful use of a weapon. Police say that weapon was an aluminum bat.
Opening statements began just after 11:30 a.m. before Judge Josephine Mooney.
Prosecution spoke first illustrating a troubled relationship pushed to separation and ending in Wright’s death at Cromwell’s hands.
The defense didn’t argue whether or not Cromwell did it, but painted a picture of a man “crushed beyond belief” at the idea that his relationship was over, after discovering text messages from a previous boyfriend on her phone.
Testimony began after a lunch break, with the emergency room nurse who took Cromwell in at the hospital taking the stand first. That nurse says Cromwell admitted the murder to her. ER nurse Kelly Miller said he was very cooperative throughout all of this, but found his calmness very “unnerving.”
The nurse was followed by Cromwell’s own mother, who had taken him to the hospital that very night.
Cromwell’s mother said she then went into a state of shock and did not tell police at the hospital about what she saw. Responding officers and investigators with the Springfield police also took the stand, describing the scene they arrived to at the home at the 800 block of 18th.
Friends and family on both sides of this case were present throughout all of the proceedings.
Casey Wright’s mother also took the stand, getting teary-eyed while talking about her daughter.
The trial has finished for the day and will resume Thursday.