Jury in Massena murder trial asks to hear recordings of conversations, phone calls
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:07 am

CANTON -- The jury in the Christopher Hebert murder trial on Thursday shortly before 11 a.m. asked to hear portions of recordings of conversations between the defendant and his ex-girlfriend, and a phone call between the defendant and a witness.

On Tuesday, March 19, Brandy Bressard testified. She went and visited Hebert twice while he was locked up at Five Points Correctional Facility on April 4, 2017 and June 13, 2017. Cooperating with New York State Police, she wore a wire and got Hebert on tape saying he murdered Yekel. The one recording the jury heard in court came from the June visit, but recordings from both were submitted as evidence. More details are here.

The jury also asked to hear a phone call between Hebert and Jason Smith, who testified earlier in the trial. The call was made during the summer of 2014, after Yekel's death, from Hebert while he was incarcerated in the St. Lawrence County jail to Smith.

"That's just gonna pop out of nowhere ... unless our animal friends do their job," Smith says on the tape. "It's just out there haunting me."

Smith testified that they also discussed whether or not Justin Lashomb, who also took the witness stand, had talked to anyone about his encounter with Hebert on the night of Yekel's death. Lashomb testified Hebert came to him the night of the murder and asked for help disposing of the body of a person he had killed.