Expert witness argues for prosecution in double homicide trial

By Kelly McCarthy

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A trial continues in Susquehanna County court for a man accused of double homicide. The prosecution put an expert in reconstructing shootings on the witness stand Wednesday.

Lloyd Thomas, 47, of Hallstead, returned to Montrose for another day of trial looking calm and surrounded by family.

He's accused of shooting and killing 30-year-old Joshua Rogers and 28-year-old Gilberto Alvarez on Feb. 11, 2012.

The prosecution called an independent shooting reconstruction specialist to testify as an expert witness. He gave his findings on where the two men were in relation to Lloyd Thomas when shots were fired.

The specialist said both men were turned away from Thomas when shot.

District Attorney Jason Legg said the two men went to Thomas' home to find out who shot at their car earlier that day.

The expert witness tested a dent in the victims' car for lead and calculated the possibility of the dent being caused by gunfire. The witness said there is physical evidence to show a gunshot hit the victims' car, but told the jury it's up to them to decide if the victims' story, saying Thomas fired that gun, is true.

The defense argues the expert witness couldn't give an exact location for any of the key players in his findings.

The expert did not know exactly where the car was when it was shot, or where the victims and Thomas were standing when Rogers and Alvarez died, which the defense argues should show jurors his findings are irrelevant.