WATCH LIVE: Day 5 of Andre McDonald murder trial

Andreen McDonald’s remains were found after five-month search in 2019; her husband Andre standing trial

Jury in Andre McDonald trial shown ax, hatchet, other items collected during murder investigation

SAN ANTONIOUpdate: The trial has recessed for the day and will resume at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30.

The murder trial for Andre McDonald will resume on Friday.

The Air Force major is facing first-degree felony murder and tampering with evidence charges in connection with the death of his wife, Andreen McDonald, in 2019.

On Thursday, an ax, a hatchet and two cigarette lighters were among some items jurors were shown.

The items were collected from two vehicles belonging to the defendant and his wife, FBI Special Agent David Borushko testified.

Borushko told jurors that the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office asked the federal agency for help in collecting evidence from the vehicles.

Watch the full proceedings in the video player above and follow along as KSAT’s court reporter Erica Hernandez live tweets from the court room. Keep reading below for background on the case.

Background

Andreen McDonald (left) and Andre McDonald (KSAT)

Andreen McDonald was last seen alive on Feb. 28, 2019.

McDonald was the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance when family and friends reported her missing several days later.

According to court records, he gave investigators conflicting statements on her whereabouts and then stopped cooperating after hiring an attorney.

After months of searching, officials found Andreen’s remains in July 2019, at a private property in far north Bexar County.

Soon after the discovery, Andre McDonald was charged with murder.

Over the past couple of years, McDonald’s case has been reset a few times; first due to the pandemic and then when the prosecution team received additional evidence from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Back on Oct 12, 2022, 399th District Court Judge Frank Castro said there would be no further delays and the trial was set for jury selection to begin on Jan. 17.

The prosecutors for the state are Steven Speir, Ryan Groomer and Lauren Scott.

McDonald’s defense team consists of John Convery and John Hunter.

If found guilty of murder McDonald faces anywhere from 5 to 99 years or life in prison.

Learn more about this case by watching KSAT’s exclusive “Open Court: The Trial of Andre McDonald” on KSAT.com, KSAT Plus or on KSAT’s YouTube channel.

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About the Authors:

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

Misael started at KSAT-TV as a photojournalist in 1987.