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Victim’s journals remain focus of Shook trial

Personal journals of a prosecution witness remained center stage as John “Tim” Shook’s defense team presented its case Thursday in the Logan County Common Pleas Court.


Former Riverside band director John “Tim” Shook, left, uses defense attorney Kristin Burkett during his trial Thursday to demonstrate for jurors how he would have physical contact with students to show them how to improve marching and performing posture. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)

Attorney Kristin Burkett made inroads against the prosecution with morning testimony from former Riverside High School students Jessica White and Emily Smith.

They testified seeing a red spiral bound notebook belonging to an alleged victim laying around the former band and choir director’s office unattended during the 2011-12 school year.

They said it was there for anyone to look through, and Ms. White testified she did.

The Riverside alumni also testified they did not recognize handwriting on one page as that of the victim, a girl of whom they were friends.

But after the defense rested with Mr. Shook denying he had sexual relations with the alleged victim, Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee brought the girl back to testify more about the journals.

She told the jury of nine women and three men she started the year using the notebook for Algebra II, but turned the book into a journal later on.

She admitted to leaving it behind when it was a workbook, but not after it became her journal.

“I never turned it in,” she said even when it was her workbook.

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