Timeline of Lisa Troemner's trial
Lisa Troemner is accused of killing her boyfriend more than three years ago. She faces a charge of second-degree murder. If convicted, she could face up to life in prison. Vonna Keomanyvong/Naples Daily News
Lisa Troemner, 27, was arrested on Dec. 2, 2014, and prosecutors charged her with second-degree murder. Prosecutors said she fatally stabbed her live-in boyfriend, Trevor Smith, 30, in their Park Avenue condo on Marco Island during an argument.
The trial lasted a bit more than three weeks before a jury found her not guilty on Feb. 9.
Here are the highlights from the courtroom.
Tuesday, Jan. 16:
— Trial begins with jury selection. Defense attorneys and prosecutors look to agree on six jurors and four alternatives.
Wednesday, Jan. 17:
— Jury selections continue.
Thursday, Jan 18:
— After three days of jury selection, attorneys and prosecutors pick final choices.
Friday, Jan. 19:
— Opening statements and testimony from state witnesses who described their encounter with the woman and the bloody bedroom they found at the scene are heard.
— Jurors also heard from a dispatcher who spoke to Troemner when she called 911 and Officer Brian Granneman, who was one of the five witnesses called by the state.
“She had a lot of blood all over her outer garment she was wearing and also on her face and hands,” Granneman said. “It was just about everywhere.”
Monday, Jan. 21:
— Crime scene investigators testified and presented evidence and photographs of the crime scene. Evidence included a bloodied knife, fingernail scrapings from Troemner, a fitted bed sheet and a pillow.
Tuesday, Jan. 22:
— Dr. Manfred Borges, deputy chief medical examiner for Collier County, testified that the stab wound that killed Smith was more than 2 inches deep and had punctured his left lung.
— Toxicology reports found Smith had a blood alcohol level of 0.309, more than three times the legal limit, and Xanax in his system.
Wednesday, Jan. 23:
— Jurors heard the audio recording of the interview between Troemner and two Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives the morning of the stabbing.
— David Hurm, one of the detectives who interviewed Troemner at the hospital, testified he considered the stabbing might have been in self-defense, though Troemner didn’t specifically say she was defending herself.
Friday, Jan. 26:
— Dr. Jose Rey, a psychopharmacologist, testified that Smith had a blood alcohol level of 0.309 at the time of his death. Rey also confirmed that alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, was found in Smith’s system.
— Rey said aggression could be considered a “disinhibitive effect” of combining medications with alcohol.
Monday, Jan. 29:
— Troemner took the stand: “I thought that he was going to kill me,” she testified. She detailed a relationship that she said started out as harmonious but soon became fraught with jealousy, controlling behavior, and physical and verbal abuse.
— She testifies about the night leading up to the fatal stabbing.
— Jurors also heard from the lead detective on the case, who testified that Troemner never told him she was in fear for her life and never said she had acted in self-defense.
Tuesday, Jan. 30:
— The defense called on Dr. David Shapiro, a professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University, and Dr. Charles Ewing, a forensic psychologist, who both testified that Troemner suffers from battered spouse syndrome.
— Dr. Ryan Hall, a psychiatrist who sees patients for PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression testified he examined Troemner and determined she suffers from PTSD with symptoms that likely first developed in October or November 2014.
Wednesday, Jan 31:
— Co-workers testified that Troemner seemd to become unhappy as her relationship with Smith progressed.
— The co-workers also testified that Smith exhibited controlling tendencies toward Troemner.
Thursday, Feb. 1:
— Defense rests.
— Prosecutors start a rebuttal.
— Friends of Smith testified that he was not a violent person and did not behave aggressively after drinking.
Friday, Feb. 2:
— Witnesses testified that Troemner displayed jealousy and even slapped Smith in the face one night outside a bar.
— Smith’s parents — Linda and Thomas Smith — took the stand. Smith's mother claimed her son was ready to move on from the relationship after being unhappy.
— Prosecutors motion for some text messages between Troemner and Smith to be released into evidence.
— Prosecutors claimed that text messages would show that it was Troemner who was verbally abusive, belittling, controlling and angry toward Smith.
Tuesday, Feb. 6:
— Judge Christine Greider admitted the text messages into evidence after ruling they were not hearsay and might suggest the tone of the couple’s relationship was different from what had been described by defense experts.
— Clinical psychologist and professor Dr. Michael Herkov, reviewed about 200 pages of text messages exchanged between Smith and Troemner for his testimony. Herkov testified that none of the evidence indicated Smith was abusive or controlling toward Troemner.
Wednesday, Feb. 7:
— Jurors on Thursday heard about several sets of text message exchanges between Troemner and Smith. In those messages, Troemner seemed upset about her boyfriend's drinking habits.
Thursday, Feb. 8:
— After 200 items of evidence and testimony from more than 50 witnesses, the trial entered its final phase as jurors listened to closing statements before starting deliberations.
— Defense and prosecutors provided closing arguments before the case went to the jury.
Friday, Feb. 9:
— After deliberating for a day, the 5 women and 1 man jury found Lisa Troemner not guilty.