SAN ANTONIO – Update: 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.
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.