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Jun 7, 2013 6:20 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Jail Phone Calls Presented in Laura Day's Murder Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - Prosecutors continue to argue their capital murder case against Laura Day before a Nueces County jury. Judge Bobby Galvan is not allowing cameras in the courtroom as they hear evidence against the woman accused in the drowning death of her 6-year-old stepson Taylor Syring.

Jurors heard jailhouse phone calls today that portrayed Day as cold and calculating. The prosecution is trying to prove a couple of things with these phone conversations. Among them, that the death of Taylor was not a concern to Day.

Detective Mary Pena testified that in one phone call Day had with her husband David, he told her that he had started to clean out what he referred to as "all the junk." Pena says he was referring to a letter Day had sent him asking him to throw away all the kids stuff.

Pena told the jury that it was the first phone call that she listened to that made her want to investigate more. That phone call was between Day and her husband when talking about their taxes.

Day asked David, "How much are we getting back." David says "only 100." Day responds by saying, "What? Why?... Were you able to write off half for Taylor?" David said, "No."

In another call from jail, Day tells her husband "I'm just so excited about our new life together..I feel like everything is falling into place like it should... everything is happening like it should."

Day goes on to say, "I'm glad everybody is gone. It's just you and me now...I just want it to be just you and me."

One other interesting thing Detective Pena pointed out. The detective says in one conversation where Day was talking about the day her stepson died, she didn't refer to Taylor by name. Instead we heard a phone recording of Day saying "that's when the boy died."

Then some of those jail house phone calls took a different turn and became sexual. In one instance Day says, "I can't wait to make love to you love. I'm worried so bad that you're going to be with someone else."

That someone else, according Detective Mary Pena, was David Syring's ex-wife Kelly.

Today's testimony wrapped up with David Syring saying he did not know Day planned on taking Taylor to the beach on the afternoon he died, but he said if she had asked he would have had no problem with the trip.

David Syring is expected to continue his testimony on Monday morning when the trial resumed.


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