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Nunez trial Day 4: More than 1,700 texts in 6 days

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St. Croix County Sheriff's Office investigator Brandi Hart testifies Thursday, Dec. 15, during the trial of Cristian Nunez. (RiverTown Multimedia photo by Mike Longaecker)2 / 2

HUDSON — Text messages, a replica of the suspected murder weapon and the digital footprints allegedly left behind by the killer of a New Richmond mom and her daughter took center stage Thursday in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

The trial of Cristian Nunez, the man charged with killing Courtney Bradford, 30, and 10-year-old Jasmine Bradford, entered its fourth day, where St. Croix County sheriff's investigators revealed findings.

Investigator Brandi Hart told jurors how she found a box for a knife while searching the room Nunez allegedly stayed in at the Hudson Regency Inn motel. A receipt for the knife was also found in the room after the Sept. 1, 2015, slayings, Hart said in court. She told the jury how she went to the New Richmond Walmart and purchased the same knife from the receipt and sent it to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Offfice so it could be compared to the wounds the Bradfords sustained.

Investigator Shawn Demulling testified to the digital footprint Nunez allegedly left behind in going from New Richmond to El Paso, Texas. Demulling also explained how his forensic examination of Nunez's phone turned up evidence of more than 1,700 text messages sent between him and Courtney Bradford between Aug. 27, 2015, and Sept. 1, 2015.

See the attached video for more from the hearing. 

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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