Jerice Hunter trial: ex-girlfriend testifies

The Jerice Hunter murder trial continued Monday, and more key witnesses took the stand.

Among them was an ex-lover of Hunter's who talked about the last time she saw Jhessye Shockley alive.

A neighbor also testified; she said she drove Hunter to drop off a bag in a dumpster. Police believe the 5-year-old was in that bag.

Hunter told the neighbor she needed money to pay rent. She asked her to drive to Tempe to drop off some clothes she sold for money. 

"(She) just put everything needed in the trash," said the neighbor.

One of Hunter's neighbors told the jury about the day that Hunter asked her for a ride to Tempe to drop off a duffle bag. But instead of giving that bag to a person, Hunter threw the bag in a trash can.

"Ms. Hunter put the bag in the trash?" asked a prosecutor.

"Yes, I heard something go "dunk" in the trash," said the neighbor.

Hunter told her neighbor the bag was filled with old shoes and clothes that she was selling for money.

When asked why she was throwing the bag in the dumpster, Hunter told her the buyer would get the bag out of the dumpster.

A week later, Hunter reported her daughter missing.

"I just felt she was a little aggressive," said Andrea Thomas, Hunter's ex-girlfriend.

Hunter's ex-girlfriend testified Monday; she told the jury she witnessed an incident where Hunter got mad at Jhessye.

"Me and Jhessye were in the living room playing. She was playing with some play-doh, and a couple of pieces fell on the carpet, and I was telling Jhessye to get it up before her mom came out, and I guess in the midst of me saying that Jerice walked out of the room and seen it. She snatched Jhessye up and took her to the bedroom. She closed the door and she was whooping her, I went to the door and told her that I felt she was doing too much, she told me I couldn't tell her how to discipline her kids. I told her she was right, and I left," said Andrea Thomas.

She said she left a red duffle bag at Hunter's apartment, similar to the red duffle bag Hunter threw in the trash bin.

Police searched a landfill for the bag or Jhessye's body, but they were unable to locate either.
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