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Inmates, forensic experts testify in day 2 of Routenberg trial

Clearwater, Florida -- Thursday marked day two in the trial of William Routenberg, the convicted rapist accused of murdering his girlfriend and burying her body in the back yard of the home they shared together in 2011. 

Routenberg is defending himself, claiming self-defense.

The prosecution called a number of witnesses to the stand, including forensic experts and two Pinellas County inmates.

Forensics experts testified about evidence they found in an SUV and in Routenberg's home. They said blood was located in the vehicle and in several areas in the house, including the bedroom, and on a shirt and towel.

Routenberg questioned the experts as to how long the blood had been there. They said they could not tell.

Routenberg is accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend, 24-year-old Shanessa Chappie. Her body was found buried behind the home they shared along 148th Avenue North in the unincorporated area of Clearwater.

Two County inmates were also called to the stand. One said he probed Routenberg's backyard for plumbing pipes. Another claimed he loaned shovels to Routenberg and his friend back in May 2011.

The trial is set to continue Friday.

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