On the first day of the murder trial against Fred Mundt, the state portrayed an emotionless man who raped, beat and stuffed his girlfriend's daughter in a well leaving her to die.
However, the defense portrayed a picture of an uninterested mother who may have played a role in her daughter's death.
Fred Mundt's two defense attorneys focused their opening statements on Brittany's mother, Misty Hendrickson.
They questioned her lack of emotion when she learned of her daughter's mysterious disappearance and untimely death March 9.
A Monroe County deputy, who was the first police officer on the scene, testified Ms. Hendrickson's demeanor was "not normal" as he expected hysteria.
Brittany's school bus driver and three other police officers from Monroe and Washington County also testified Thursday.
The jury, made up of nine women and three men, will be back in court Friday morning for day two of the highly-publicized murder trial.
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