Jury Adjourned In Murder Trial Of Patricia Cook's And Former Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright

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CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) -- The jury in the murder trial of a former Culpeper police officer, Daniel Harmon-Wright, adjourned for the evening and will be back in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, reports WUSA9's Peggy Fox. 

Jurors boarded a school bus early Monday morning to the school parking lot where Harmon-Wright killed 54-year-old Patricia Cook on February 9, 2012, they were armed with maps to walk the scene Cook was shot.

Cook was sitting in her green Jeep Wrangler when the school's office manager, Anne Schuyler, approached her. Schuyler testified that she asked Cook if she needed help and that Cook said 'no.' When she asked Cook to leave, she rolled up her window and stared straight ahead. There was a sunscreen covering the entire windshield. When Cook refused to leave, Schuyler called police.

Harmon-Weight told a police investigator that when he arrived he asked Cook what she was doing there. He said she paused and then said "Meeting a friend."

The officer says he asked Cook to see her ID. When he reached through the half-opened window to take it from her, she refused to give it to him. He says she rolled up the window trapping his fingers.

He told the police investigator that he had to shoot to free his fingers and keep from being dragged because she had started moving the vehicle forward.

On the stand Thursday the prosecutor asked Schuyler if he saw Harmon-Wright trapped, dragged or about to be run over. Schuyler answered 'no' to all three. Another witness said the officer never had his hand caught, but did point a gun at Cook. According to the witness, Harmon-Wright screamed, 'stop or I'll shoot.' The witness said he was stunned when the officer fired multiple times.

After the trip to the shooting scene on Friday, the defense will present its case.

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