SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Day three of the Nicholas Godejohn murder trial started today.
Godejohn is charged with 1st degree murder in the death of Dee Dee Blanchard.
The defense began presenting their case today and called their first witness, Gypsy Blanchard, Dee Dee’s daughter.
The testimony began with gypsy being questioned about her relationship with her mom. Gypsy spoke about how her relationship with Godejohn had to be secret because her mom would not let her have a boyfriend.
Gypsy on the stand: “My mother would never have let me have a boyfriend… Because she controlled every aspect of my life.”— Collin Lingo (@CollingoTV) November 15, 2018
The defense also questioned Gypsy on her “disabilities” and when she realized she wasn’t really sick.
Gypsy says she believed she had cancer, muscular dystrophy, hearing impairment, and poor vision. She found out at 19 she wasn’t sick. Says she learned full extent of her health after she was arrested.— Brea Douglas (@BdouglasTV) November 15, 2018
Gypsy said she always knew she didn’t need a wheelchair, but that her and her mother gained financial and charitable advantage from the perception of her disability.
After talking about her disabilities, Gypsy was questioned on the first time she met Godejohn in person. Gypsy said it was at a movie theater and her mother did not like Godejohn from the beginning.
First time Gypsy and Godejohn met was in a movie theater, she says she paid for him to get there and paid for his hotel room. She says Dee Dee hated him from the moment they met. They saw Cinderella. Says they had “sexual relations” in the bathroom stall of the theater.— Collin Lingo (@CollingoTV) November 15, 2018
The defense followed that up by asking Gypsy about who’s idea it was to murder her mother. Gypsy claimed it was her idea from the beginning.
Gypsy says it was her idea to kill her mom a year prior to the murder. She says she wanted to be free from Dee Dee’s hold on her. Defense asks her why she didn’t tell anyone about her mother’s abuse. Gypsy says her mom had legal documents proving she was incompetent.— Brea Douglas (@BdouglasTV) November 15, 2018
After a few more questions, court proceedings were interrupted by an unusual smell in the courtroom. The judge cleared the room so that a short investigation into what the smell was could be conducted. The recess lasted for about 15 minutes. Gypsy took the stand again at the conclusion of the recess, being asked about details into the murder plans and discussion with Godejohn.
Gypsy claims she had three plans,
Gypsy says she had a “Plan A” (Meet at the movie, act like we never met, start our relationship from there with mom’s permission) a “Plan B” (Get pregnant) and a “Plan C” (murder Dee Dee).— Collin Lingo (@CollingoTV) November 15, 2018
and that Godejohn’s involvement in the planning was choosing what type of weapon to use.
Following questioning by the defense, the prosecution was given time to cross-examine Gypsy. They began their questioning by asking Gypsy about her and Godejohn’s alter-ego’s.
During continuing questioning by the prosecution Gypsy told the courtroom that a few weeks before the murder she began to suggest to Godejohn that they just get pregnant and not kill Dee Dee. She says Godejohn didn’t respond to that plan.
A main theme early on during the prosecutions’ questioning was Gypsy confirming that she wanted murder to be a last resort.
Gypsy says murder was always a last resort because she and Godejohn knew it was serious. Gypsy says she rather have gotten pregnant instead of killing her mom, but says Godejohn didn’t seem to want to do that.— Brea Douglas (@BdouglasTV) November 15, 2018
The prosecution then turned their questioning to the night of the murder. They questioned Gypsy on hearing her mother scream while being killed as well as the gruesome nature in which Dee Dee was killed.
Gypsy began to cry throughout the questioning, answering that her mother screamed her name and that she never told Godejohn to stab her mother 17 times or to do it in the nature that he did.
The defense then returned to questioning Gypsy and began asking her about what happened immediately after the murder.
Gypsy says Godejohn wanted to rape her mom, but she talked him out of it. She says she told him that he could rape her instead. She says they had consensual sex at first after the murder, but then she asked him to stop during sex.— Brea Douglas (@BdouglasTV) November 15, 2018
As Gypsy’s time on the stand began to wrap up it was clear that the defense is trying to paint a picture of collaboration between Gypsy and Godejohn.
The trial went to a break shortly after noon once questioning of Gypsy was done.
You can watch the entire testimony from Gypsy here: