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The second week of testimony in the trial of Adam Densmore, accused of killing and dismembering Ashley Mead, began Monday with a Boulder police recounting their efforts to trace Densmore's movements from Colorado to Oklahoma over the days following Mead's disappearance.

Densmore, 33, is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a corpse, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

The only witness to take the stand during the morning session Monday was Boulder police Detective Owen McKinney, who was tasked with getting location data from Densmore's phone and tablet.

McKinney said that using a combination of location data from Google and call data from Sprint, he was able to track Densmore's movements from the day before Mead was last seen up until the point of Densmore's arrest in Oklahoma several days later.

On the night of Feb. 11, 2017, McKinney said he tracked Densmore at three different bars before he returned to the 690 Manhattan Drive apartment he shared with Mead, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his 1-year-old child Winter Daisy, at about 2 a.m. Feb. 12.


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On Feb. 12 — the day Mead was last seen alive — McKinney said Densmore appeared to be at the apartment for the whole day except for two visits to a liquor store at 10 a.m. and 6:26 p.m.

McKinney said records then show that the last location data for Densmore at the apartment was at 9:16 p.m. After that, the data indicates he headed south on Interstate 25 and through New Mexico and Texas before arriving at his parents' house in Shreveport, La., at 7:53 p.m. Mountain time on Feb. 13.

Adam Densmore talks to his attorney, Kathryn Herold, on Monday afternoon in the Boulder County Justice Center during Densmore’s trial where he is
Adam Densmore talks to his attorney, Kathryn Herold, on Monday afternoon in the Boulder County Justice Center during Densmore's trial where he is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Mead. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

McKinney said that Densmore's device "pinged" numerous times from the night of Feb. 13 until 4:43 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Louisiana house, where police say Densmore dismembered Mead's body.

After that, McKinney testified that location data shows Densmore leaving his parents' house and driving to his grandmother's house in Conway, Ark., where he arrived at 7:51 p.m. Feb. 14 and stayed until the morning of Feb. 15.

On Feb. 15, McKinney testified that location data shows Densmore left for Oklahoma, arriving in Okmulgee and then Tulsa.

Police found Mead's torso in a suitcase in a dumpster in Okmulgee, and Densmore was picked up by police in Tulsa with their daughter.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Kate Herold pointed out that location data shows Densmore was out of the apartment and in a shopping center parking lot across the street at 9:18 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017.

Neighbors in previous testimony had said they heard a loud sound coming from Densmore's and Mead's apartment that night around that time, and possibly after.

Monday's afternoon session started with Boulder police Detective Traci Cravitz saying she pulled records of Densmore's debit card that she was able to match to locations along the route McKinney had mapped out.

Several other detectives then testified to obtaining surveillance videos at several of the locations in which a man matching Densmore's description and a car matching Mead's appeared on camera. Three of them were played for the jury.

Boulder police Detective Ed Burke also testified that he pulled surveillance from Feb. 12 at about 4 p.m. that shows Mead with Winter Daisy buying produce at a Sprouts supermarket in Boulder.

"This video is the last video of Ashley Mead you guys were ever able to locate?" asked Assistant District Attorney Ken Kupfner.

"That is correct," Burke replied.

The trial adjourned for the day and will resume on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars