Originally created 09/22/96

Scientist testifies about blood



The night Mary Colley Stewart disappeared, Robert EugeneFielding gave away pieces of her jewelry, two witnesses testified Saturday.

During the second day of testimony in Mr. Fielding's Richmond County Superior Court capital murder trial, Tammy E. Williams and Dana Dunn told the jury that Mr. Fielding gave away what was later identified as Mrs. Stewart's engagement ring, wedding band and a sapphire ring at Deborah Hawes' Stonegate Apartments home on May 12, 1994.

Also, both women testified, Mr. Fielding had a "wad" of cash that night. "I can't exactly say (how much money Mr. Fielding had), but I saw some $50 and some $100 (bills)," Ms. Williams testified.

Mrs. Stewart's husband testified Friday that his wife rarely carried more than lunch money, and that after she disappeared May 12, 1994, he checked the bank accounts and nothing was missing.

Mr. Fielding has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery. Trial testimony continues at 10:30 a.m. today.

Saturday, Ms. Williams and Ms. Dunn testified they weren't smoking crack cocaine at Ms. Hawes' home on May 12, as others were. When Mr. Fielding arrived around 11 p.m., he was limping, both women testified, and he gave Ms. Williams the engagement ring and wedding band, and gave Ms. Hawes the sapphire ring. Ms. Hawes wasn't called as a witness.

Detective Alfonzo Williams found out about the jewelry May 23, 1994, and retrieved the rings from two local pawnshops. A lawyer representing Charles Hyde told the investigator about the jewelry, he testified. At the time, Ms. Williams, no relation to the investigator, was dating Mr. Hyde, she testified.

Mrs. Stewart disappeared from the Department of Family and Children Services on Fenwick Street. That same night, Mr. Fielding was working as the supervisor of a janitorial crew cleaning the building.

The other janitors working that night didn't see Mrs. Stewart, a Medicaid supervisor. They didn't notice anything strange about Mr. Fielding, but they weren't paying much attention as they left, and he stayed until about 9 p.m., they testified.

Louis Callaway testified he was asked to strip some floors at the DFCS building that night. At one point, Mr. Fielding said he wanted to show Mr. Callaway something, he testified. They went into an office on the first floor and Mr. Fielding pointed to a corner and asked Mr. Callaway if that was a surveillance camera, he testified.

"I thought it was kind of funny 'cause he had been there (working at DFCS) longer than me so he should have known," Mr. Callaway testified.

Scientists are expected to testify today about a stain found on carpet from that room and about other physical evidence connected to the case.

Saturday, a scientist testified a tiny drop of blood near the bottom of a trash cart could have been Mrs. Stewart's, and a small smear of blood found at the top of the cart could have been Mr. Fielding's.

Prosecutors are trying to convince the jury that Mr. Fielding killed Mrs. Stewart inside the DFCS building that night and carried her body in the trash cart to the Dumpster behind the building.

The Dumpster was emptied the next day and the contends hauled to the county landfill. It was there that investigators found Mrs. Stewart's remains, mangled by heavy machinery.