A card to murder defendant Dr. John Baxter Hamilton included handwritten messages from his wife, Susan, referring to marital problems that surfaced after she purchased his Valentine's Day card.
"I bought my cards two weeks ago, so they don't seem as appropriate now. I love you. Have a good day," Susan Hamilton, 55, wrote in the card before she was killed on Valentine's Day at their Quail Creek home. "Obviously, I bought this before last Monday."
The card was discovered by police during a search of the trunk of John Hamilton's 1996 Jaguar.
She was apparently referring to the discovery of some 60 calls to a patient and topless dancer on her husband's cell phone bill. Testimony has shown Susan Hamilton suspected her husband was having an affair. But Susan Hamilton's best friend, Shary Coffey, testified that the victim may have changed her mind and thought her suspicions might be wrong.
The defendant and Alliena Aguirre, the stripper, have denied having an affair. Aguirre said the doctor was giving her samples of medication for depression because she didn't have the money to purchase the drug.
John Hamilton, 53, is on trial for killing his wife. If convicted of first-degree murder, the gynecologist could be sentenced to prison for life with or without the possibility of parole.
Testimony is expected to continue this morning before District Judge Ray Elliott.
An opened Valentine's Day card to Susan Hamilton was discovered by police in the kitchen during the investigation into the slaying.
"I know this has been a difficult time for us," John Hamilton wrote in the card to his wife. "We are important, loving, caring people together.
"My life would be incomplete without you. I love you. John."
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Larry Sanders testified Hamilton told him he returned home about 8:30 that morning after performing a 7 a.m. surgery so he and his wife could exchange Valentine's Day cards.
"... and in his words hugging and kissing," Sanders said Hamilton told him while they sat in the officer's patrol car during the crime scene investigation.
The defendant said he was paged by the hospital about 9 a.m., and he left to perform a surgery. When he returned home to get his address book after the second surgery, Hamilton said he found his injured wife, attempted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and removed something from her neck, Sanders testified.
Gary Richardson, a crime scene investigator, told the jurors he found blood and flesh inside the Jaguar that had been parked under the awning in front of the Hamiltons' home at 3056 Brush Creek Road.
Prosecutors are trying to prove that Hamilton hid his bloody clothes and the blunt instrument used to crack the victim's skull. Prosecutors say the blood and flesh belongs to the victim and were left inside the vehicle from the clothes and the blunt instrument.
Defense attorneys claim the victim's flesh and blood got in the Jaguar when Hamilton realized after calling 911 that his car was blocking the drive for emergency vehicles. The doctor stopped giving his wife cardiopulmonary resuscitation and went to move the car, but he was shaking so badly he couldn't get the key in the ignition, defense attorney Mack Martin said.
Richardson testified that he found blood in the Jaguar, but he couldn't find any blood on the foot pedals or on the carpet on the driver's side.
There has been testimony in the seven-day trial that Hamilton wasn't wearing a tie or shoes when police arrived. He wore blood-soaked socks. Police said they found bloody footprints in the house. His shoes, with blood stains both inside and on the soles, were found in the master bathroom with the victim, Richardson said.
Two blood-soaked neckties -- one a paisley print and the other so stained the color was undetectable -- were shown to the jury Tuesday.
Detective Randy Scott earlier testified finding on the victim's neck "defensive wounds," injuries made by her fingernails as she tried to grab at the necktie.
Her face was smashed repeatedly into the tile floor and she
had suffered three blows from a
blunt instrument to the left side
of her head.