Day six in the trial for Michael Beard concludes, as several more witnesses, including Thomas Clayton’s lifelong friend and former boss, take the stand.
Beard is one of the three men charged in the death of Kelley Clayton, a mother of two killed in her Caton home during the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2015.
Only one of the 11 witnesses called on Monday had previously taken the stand to testify in the Beard trial.
Of the eight witnesses called in the morning was Thomas Clayton’s lifelong friend and former co-worker at ServPro, Brian Lang. Lang owned ServPro and he testified Thomas joined up with the company earlier in 2015.
ServPro is where Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard both worked, it’s also alleged the two met at ServPro hours before Kelley’s death and that Beard left a vehicle at ServPro minutes after Kelley was murdered.
Lang was the on the stand for about an hour, being questioned about his and Thomas Clayton’s relationship, as well as the relationship between Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard.
Lang also testified that Michael Beard was fired from ServPro on Sept. 17, 2015.
Later on, Lang was asked about the security of ServPro’s location. According to Lang, at the time of Kelley’s death, the ServPro building in Elmira was easily accessible, even without a key.
Special Prosecutor Weeden Wetmore then questioned Land about access to full body suits used for work at toxic sites as well as chemicals meant to clean up crime scenes at ServPro. According to Lang, those materials were easily accessible at the time of Kelley’s death, and are kept close track of now.
Lang also testified to discovering a bag with clothes and Thomas’ passport, along with a bag containing $100,000 in cash, in Thomas’ truck on Sept. 30, 2015.
A friend of the Clayton’s was also among those who testified in the morning. She testified to seeing Thomas at the gymnastics studio where their kids participated in the sport. She confirmed Thomas was driving a ServPro vehicle the night of Sept. 29, 2015.
It’s alleged Thomas used another employees truck to swap with Beard, as Thomas drove a ServPro truck to a poker game in Corning the night of Sept. 28, 2015.
The former employee who was using Thomas’ as Thomas had his testified it was abnormal for a ServPro employee to use a company truck outside of working hours.
Each ServPro truck is outfitted with GPS. Brian Lang also verified the system and was able to pinpoint for the jury Thomas Clayton’s movement that night thanks to the GPS signal.
After the lunch break, a former co-worker of both Beard and Clayton testified about the pair’s relationship. He said Thomas always kept Michael Beard indebted to him in a sense, often times providing him with loans and every a car, when he wasn’t providing Beard with side jobs and other work.
Three women also took the stand Tuesday afternoon, they each testified about alleged sexual relationships they had with Thomas Clayton before Kelley’s murder. They all said Thomas would often gripe about his marriage and Kelley, and he’d often talk of leaving her.
Court resumes Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 9:30 a.m.
Thomas found his wife, Kelley, dead in the couple’s Caton home during the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2015.
Two other men are also facing charges in connection to Kelley Clayton’s death, including her husband, Thomas. It’s believed that Thomas Clayton allegedly hired Beard to kill his wife, Kelley. It’s alleged Thomas Clayton tried to hire Beard to kill his wife.