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The trial of Adrian Loya continues this morning. Loya, a former Coast Guard member, is accused of shooting Lisa Trubnikova and her wife Anna Trubnikova on February 5, 2015, killing Lisa and injuring Anna. Both were also members of the Coast Guard. Loya is also charged for shooting and injuring Police Officer Jared MacDonald, who responded to the scene.
Loya allegedly broke into the couple’s Massachusetts home armed with multiple guns before opening fire on them, with a video camera strapped to his body to record the carnage.
According to police, Loya wrote a 250-page manifesto detailing why he wanted to kill Lisa. Her family has said Loya had been obsessed with Lisa since they were stationed together.
Loya’s defense has claimed that he should not be held responsible because he suffers from mental illness. He was previously examined by a psychiatrist and deemed competent to stand trial, but his defense team had him evaluated by a private psychiatrist as well.
Several police officers testified on Wednesday, including Jared MacDonald. Officer MacDonald described how he responded to a call about a car on fire and a shooting. He told the court about the actions he took when he got to the scene, and how he tried to take cover, but was hit anyway. At first, he didn’t know where he was hit, but he knew he had gotten shot. Trooper Nathan Monteiro rescued him from the scene. MacDonald said he has since retired, and still suffers nerve damage.
State police crime lab chemist Amy Joy later took the stand, and showed the court MacDonald’s uniform, which had a bullet hole in the back.
On Thursday, the jury is expected to begin the day by viewing the scene, with testimony to resume later on.
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