I didn't follow the first trial, but during the past few weeks I've watched some of the 2008 trial testimony on CourtTV TRIAL ARCHIVES - WI V. JENSEN (2008):
I am new to this case. I am the same age as David, so I was too young to know anything about it. I've been following the retrial and am fascinated by the level of evidence against Mark Jensen. IMO the evidence is overwhelming, and he is guilty. However, I'm floored to see one of his children will testify on his behalf. For those following the case for a while, is this a new development, or have the kids always maintained their support for Mark?
Former stockbroker Mark Jensen is accused of poisoning his wife with antifreeze in 1998 so that he could be with his mistress.
Son David didn't testify in 2008, but his friend Eric Schoor and Eric's mother Laura Schoor testified.
Testimony from David in this current trial will be interesting. It seems that it will be difficult to come up with a reasonably favorable explanation of his comments to friend Eric just prior to Julie's death.
VIDEO: Eric Schoor, who was friends with the Jensen's son, takes the stand followed by his mother Laura. (2008)
Mark Jensen, a Pleasant Prairie man who had a murder conviction against him vacated, returned to court Thursday for day two of his re-trial.
Jan 12, 2023
Testimony on Thursday began with Eric Schoor, the best friend of Jensen's son, David Jensen.
Schoor said David told him that his mother, Julie Jensen, was very sick and his father wouldn't take her to the hospital.
Schoor demonstrated the heavy breathing David did when explaining his mother's health.
"He told me that his mother is sick and that his dad will not take her to the hospital," Eric Schoor testified.
January 12, 2023
The day before Julie Jensen died, Eric Schoor was supposed to go to the Jensen house after school.
"David called our house in the morning before school, and Eric answered phone and talked to Eric directly and asked if he could come to our house after school instead of Eric going to their house after school," said Laura Schoor, Eric's mother.
Laura Schoor said her son told her about the conversation he had with David Jensen. She called police after Julie Jensen died.
Some of the last individuals to interact with Julie Jensen before her death in 1998 spoke about her personality and love of family during the second day of the jury
Jan 12, 2023
Eric Schoor, the best friend of the Jensen’s oldest son David Jensen, said he would hang out at the Jensen household every other Wednesday after school.
Schoor said David Jensen was normally a “very positive and energetic kid” but in the days before his mother’s death he seemed “grave” and “worried.”
At the time, Schoor said David Jensen told him that his mother was sick and his father declined to take her to the hospital for care. Schoor said David Jensen mimicked his mother’s strained breathing for him while at school in the days before her death.