We have decided to highlight some areas that the news does not seem to want the public to know that would indicate any other person might have committed this crime, and why. We will cover some areas of the trial that have already been covered. We will not re-print most of the statements made on the stand that have already covered in the Oskaloosa Herald and CRI. However we will try to spell people’s names right. (Referring to Ava, not Eva as the Oskaloosa Herald spelled it.)
Jury selection started Wednesday with both the prosecution and defense working away at a list of potential jury members. This process took the whole day. With both sides coming to an agreement on a jury so the trial could proceed on Thursday.
On Thursday morning with the prosecution Mahaska County Attorney Amy Zenor presenting their opening statement, which aimed their reasoning for the murder based on a Facebook post, and statements from Jake Rauch, Logan Cavan, and Detective Boston’s “investigation”, and different statements made by Alicia Ritenour. Zenor made indication that the prosecution knew exactly who committed the murder, but they were not pointing fingers at anyone.
First on the stand was Jake Rauch with his testimony of events. Some of which has been covered by the Oskaloosa Herald which seemed to limit their recounts of the testimony of a prosecution witness that might have made an implication in his statements. One which he stated in his written statement on the 25th of January that “Alicia was a good mother” to Ava. Another statement he made on the stand was that he believed Logan Cavan had killed Ava due to being mad at him, however he recanted that to believing that now Alicia had done it. Jake Rauch also stated that Z. Beason had told him about Logan Cavan raising his fist to Ava in a threatening manner. Rauch also stated that the night before Ava was found that Alicia was having a hard time putting Ava to bed, so as Alicia was coming out of Ava’s room she and Jake met in the hallway and she said she couldn’t get Ava to sleep. So Jake went in to try to get Ava to sleep. Alicia went to get a bottle for Ava and came in to give the bottle to Jake and Ava, at that point Ava seeing her mom started crying, and thus Jake gave Alicia a dirty look for getting Ava worked up again. Alicia left to take a shower and let Jake put her to bed. Jake testified that Ava did cry for the reason of wanting her mom, not out of fear of her mom and did this when Alicia would leave. Jake also stated that he was in there around twenty minutes. One thing that did catch my attention was when Jake stated that he was in bed and Alicia was in trying to get Ava to bed that he heard her make a voice sound of some type and Jake described it as “inaudible”. What twenty-three year old uses that to describe what they did not understand? Unless they have been possibly coached by the Prosecution with the previous transcripts of their other statements. (Inaudible is used often in prosecution and police transcripts of statements when they can’t understand what is on recorded interviews.) Remember Jake also stated on the stand that in the beginning that he thought Logan had done this to Ava.
Next on the stand was Joshua Crouse a paramedic with MH whom stated on the stand when he arrived at the apartment that Jake Rauch had opened the door and directed him to Ava’s location in the apartment. Mr. Crouse stated that when he entered the apartment he saw Logan Cavan on the couch sitting basically emotionless . After Crouse’s testimony on the stand prosecuting attorney Susan Krisko caught Crouse in the hallway and a witness to this stated that she seemed upset that he had not covered some issue on stand that they had talked about before.
Officer Van Renterghem testified next and stated that he was the first to arrive and he took over CPR from Tina Ritenour. He did notice Logan sitting on the couch with no expression of concern on his face when he entered the apartment, and that Logan had not moved from the couch the whole time.
I am not going to cover more of the drawn-out events of the trial in detail as other websites have already covered what they have submitted as testimony in the case. However I am going to bring up a few events that were left out of other news reports, and point out inconstancies.
The medical examiner Dr. Michelle Catellier testified on Friday morning. The defense attorney Michael Adams brought up a previous statement from Dr. Catellier’s deposition that with Ava’s injuries that within fifteen minutes of such strikes to her head she would show signs of distress such as seizures, possible vomiting or convulsions, Catellier did not contest that statement.
DCI agent Don Schnitker also testified that Logan Cavan in previous interviews said he did hear Ava the morning of Jan 24th. Logan was not asked about this when he was on the stand, but also stated it in his deposition as well. This is something that has been left out of news sites covering the witnesses. The DCI agent also confirmed he Knew a music artist by the name Marshal Mathers also known as Eminem and listened to him before, however he did not know Eminem put out a song “Run Rabbit Run”. Mr. Adams handed him a print out of the lyrics of the song and agent Schnitker agreed that the lyrics were very similar to the Facebook post of Alicia Ritenour’s that was a big part of the prosecution’s case.
Detective Troy Boston did also testify, however there is not a lot to touch on with his testimony as he did not contribute much other than his belief that a song lyrics on Alicia’s Facebook encompassed a lot of his reasoning for his theory that it was Alicia’s words and not a song. Then he touched on a few other areas on how Alicia changed her story over eight months a few times, however he did not mention how many times Logan Cavan and Jacob Rauch also changed their stories. In the end Boston lost his composure on the stand when Michael Adams question him, and he (Boston) seemed to take offense to someone questioning his authority.
Logan pulled up in front of the courthouse Thursday morning driving himself, parking right in front of the main doors to the courthouse on camera. Does he even have a driver’s license? It wouldn’t be the first person to actually drive to court without one, but then again keep in mind he is a “star” witness for the prosecution.
Logan Cavan took the witness stand twice on Thursday, once while the jury was removed in order for the prosecution, defense and judge determined if his drug use was admissible in this case. During this court testimony Logan stated that he had not used Methamphetamines for a week and a half before the death of Ava, and he knew this because he had gone to Florida and had only been back three days prior to Ava’s death and he did not use while he was in Florida. Doing some research we have found out that Logan had lied about when he went to Florida. He left for Florida on Dec. 25, 2013 and returned from Florida on Jan. 1, 2014. (Yes there is actual proof of when he went to FL. Thus deceitful about when he went to Fl. he is possible lying about when he used methamphetamines. You can figure out if he is lying about that when you hear other highlights about his next testimony the jury did hear) Lying about when he went to Florida should put his drug use back into the equation with this court case we believe. Not only that, he should be charged with perjury. Don’t hold your breath on either happening though!
Logan Cavan took the witness stand the second time as a prosecution witness against Alicia. Some of his statement was that he at first lied about ever raising his fist to Ava. However just a few minute or so later he said he actually did that, but denied ever saying “shut up the fuck up” and also “all she does is cry” “I just want to kick her in the head and knock her out”. Logan said that he was just joking when he raised his hand to Ava. He also claimed that Zack B., Alicia, and Jacob were all present when he “Jokingly” did this. Zack B. and Ashley P. both gave the police written statements that Logan did raise his fist and did say “shut up the fuck up Ava” and also “all she does is cry” “I just want to kick her in the head and knock her out”. However both testified that Logan did this in Zack B. apartment while they were babysitting Ava for Alicia, and that Jacob and Alicia were not there. Zack stated that he informed Jacob later about the incident with Logan, and figured Jacob would tell Alicia.
Logan was asked why he slept a lot. He stated that he was depressed. However in his previous statements he sleeps a lot when coming down off of drugs. Now remember he did not use since before he went to Fl. Logan also stated that the EMT’s were the first ones to the apartment after the 911 call, yet everyone else states that police officer Van Renterghem had arrived first. Logan also states that he opened the door for the EMT’s and pointed out were they needed to go. Logan also stated that while Jacob was on the phone to 911 Logan was standing with Jacob in the hallway watching Tina and Alicia preform CPR on Ava, but did not help at all since he already knew she was dead.
Now with all this being said by Logan about all his activities and observations, everyone else that was in the apartment and medical and police officers stating that Logan did NOT move off the furniture where he was when they came in the whole time they were there. When asked about sitting his demeanor on the couch Logan claimed to be in shock, yet the EMT stated that he had seen shock and he would not describe it as shock and said Logan was expressionless.
At one point Logan was asked to come out into the hallway by a police officer and informed he had two warrants for his arrest, which Logan stated on the witness stand. One warrant was for failure to appear on the weapons charge, and the other for failure to pay fines.
Oddly Logan seems to want to portray himself as a jokester and hero with events around Ava on the witness stand, yet no one else can confirm he is joking or that he was so helpful during the events of Jan. 24th, especially for someone who claims to be such a major caregiver in Ava’s life.
I will also inform you that Alicia has started to testify in the case, and that she has seemed to have difficulty remembering events. Taking into account the nature of her loss, her inability to mourn the loss before being questioned by the police, and educational challenges as a child being placed in special classes there may be a combination that makes it a challenge for her to remember what happened. When asked about being told about Logan raising his hand to Ava, Alicia stated on the stand that she was not told by Jacob about this incident. (Keep in mind Jacob and Logan have been friends for years before Alicia was in the picture, and sometimes friends protect. )
Why am I picking Logan’s testimony to pieces? Because he has changed the story to make him look the best, yet no one else has testified to the same story as him. He has lied about the time frame of his trip to Florida. He raised his fist to Ava, and made threatening statements in front of two people who had nothing to gain or lose from testifying.
Through testimony of the different witnesses, Logan’s threatening actions towards Ava were raising his fist and acting as if he would punch her in the head, stating that “that all she ever does is fucking cry, I just want to kick her in the head and knock her out”. Now with this in your mind, think about where the injuries were found on Ava.