Testimonies continue for double homicide in Lake California


RED BLUFF, Calif. - Witness testimonies continued for the third day of the double murder trial of John Noonkester.

Noonkester remained quiet and kept his head down while witnesses gave their testimony on what happened after the shooting in the Lake California community in July 2015.

The courtroom has been quiet but sometimes emotional from family members and friends on both sides the past three days.

Deputies with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office said they conducted welfare checks and searched Noonkester's home after he was arrested for the shooting of his ex-wife and father-in-law.

Investigators said Noonkester's daughters were not found at his house, but they did find magazines at the household consistent with the rifle used in the shooting.

One investigator testified that Noonkester's furniture may have been organized possibly prepared for an ambush when they arrived.

A forensic pathologist, who performed autopsies on both Keith and Kimberlee Thomas, spoke last.

Diagrams were shown as she explained in detail each of the gunshot wounds.

She explained how Keith Thomas suffered six gunshot wounds, and methamphetamine was found in his system.

She testified Kimberlee suffered two gunshot wounds and they did not find evidence of drugs in her system.

The judge said they are on schedule, and as prosecution finishes up, the defense will begin next week.

They will meet again Tuesday morning.