Hartford murder trial continues with emotional testimony
WEST BEND - Laura Bartelt described her son as a talented young man, and a good student in high school who took A.P. classes. Although he dropped out of UW Parkside after one semester, he planned to resume college classes in the fall of 2013. It's a big contrast to the rest of what we heard in court Wednesday.
On July 14, 2013, Jessie Blodgett was playing the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof. Daniel Bartelt was spending time with family at a cottage a half hour away. The next morning, he woke up, as usual, and prepared to go to work.
Laura Bartelt recalled her son getting up early, and leaving for work about 6:20am.
The state rather successfully showed the jury that Daniel lied about having a job. He told his parents he was working full time Monday through Thursday, ten hour days, but would sometimes return home early.. That's what happened July 15th, the day Jessie was found dead in her bed.
Laura Bartelt said, "He returned home sometime before Noon. He said he was working a half day."
Police were called to the Blodgett home around 12:30, and later learned that Daniel had been lying to his family for months about having a job. Mrs. Bartelt also testified about the blue Dodge minivan she and her husband own, and that Daniel drives. A witness testified that she may have seen that blue minivan in the Blodgett's driveway in the hours before Jessie was discovered dead in her bed.
“At that time, I glanced at the house and I noticed that there were two vehicles in the driveway side by side," said Bethany Gariepy.
Jessie's mother previously testified that she left the house after 8am in their blue vehicle, then returned around Noon. So, only one car should've been in the driveway.
Bethany Gariepy was asked, “When you drove by at 10:15, what did you see in terms of vehicles in the driveway?" She replied, "I saw similar vehicles, I’m not sure they are the same ones, but similar, a light one and a dark one, but one was like behind the other." She was asked, "Different positions?" Yes,” she said.
It was a difficult day for all.
Laura Bartelt was asked, "Do you love your son?"
"Yes." she replied.
"Is it fair to say that you and your husband have done everything to provide a decent and loving home for your son and your daughter?" she was asked.
"Yes," she replied.