In Thursday’s court proceedings, several witnesses got called to the stand, and law enforcement guided the jury through evidence found in the defendant’s home, including a hatchet, axe, and heavy work gloves.
In addition to Clifton Klabunde, who found Andreen’s body, four witnesses also answered questions regarding evidence found inside Andre and Andreen McDonald’s home following the execution of a search warrant on March 2, 2019.
During the course of the proceeding, Clifton Klabunde took the stand and recalled the moment he discovered human bones in a rural field in the north of Bexar County while clearing brush. In his testimony, Klabunde stated that he went on a mission to retrieve cow heads for his friend as they would be used as decorations. The animals had been dead for more than a year prior to the discovery.
The senior citizen continued how he came across the human remains, “I was originally looking for the cow head, but before I found the cow’s head is when I saw the remains there,” Klabunde recalled. “The first thing I saw was a skull.” Andreen’s body was found five months after the search began.
The Medical Examiner’s Office of the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office provided the court with the autopsy that was conducted on Andreen, explaining that it is virtually impossible to determine exactly how she died since only bones and no human tissue are present in her body.
On Friday, McDonald’s superior officer at Lackland Air Force Base, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Chetelat testified.
When Andreen was reported missing on March 1, 2019, Chetelat visited the McDonald at his home. In his testimony, he explained that he went to check on McDonald to see if he needed anything and brought him some food. In general, most of the conversation between the two was focused on Chetelat’s family’s safety, as he wanted to make sure the serviceman was being treated fairly, Chetelat claimed.
A search warrant was executed during the three-hour visit, and law enforcement documented evidence. McDonald was described as “calm and levelled” at the time by the lieutenant. The prosecution says it has three more witnesses to reveal.