UPDATE: Vail man accused of killing stepdaughter takes stand in murder trial

Accused killer takes the stand - Josh Lelevier charged with killing stepdaughter

VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Vail man accused of killing his teenage stepdaughter took the stand in his own defense Friday, Nov. 16.

Joshua Lelevier testified one day after the state rested its case.

Lelevier is facing several charges, including first-degree murder, in the 2017 death of Jayden Glomb.

After Lelevier took the stand, the prosecution cross examined him and the defense was expected to rest its case.

After lunch the defense began to dig into why Lelevier thought that Jayden had a drinking problem. He told the court that he found beer bottles in her bathroom trash can and that was why he decided to put spy cameras in the bathroom.

"I was concerned about her drinking at the house, drinking in the bathroom or the house," said Lelevier. "I tried to tape it to catch her to try to show it to Jessica."

The cameras didn’t catch her drinking however, but they did catch her undressing.

Lelevier was asked about the night of Jayden's disappearance, he mentioned he heard the water running in bathroom before she went to bed.

"For probably a good 20 to 30 minutes the water was running in the bathroom," he stated to the court, when asked what he thought was happening. "She could have been taking a shower, she could have been doing her hair, I mean she did a multitude of different things in that bathroom, she did a lot of different things in that bathroom."

Court ended on Friday, just before 5 p.m.

Both parties will come back on Tuesday of next week for jury questions and some rebuttal witnesses. Then the court will take the rest of the week off and come back on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for closing arguments.

The prosecution has said Lelevier killed Jayden and tried to make it look like she committed suicide.

“He wrote a fake suicide note on her computer,” the prosecutor said. “Then, after he strangled her to death and dumped her body in the desert, he went back onto her computer and deleted that suicide note.”

Investigators found searches about hydrocodone, exsanguination (bleeding to death) on Jayden’s computer. Those searches were allegedly made when Lelevier was the only adult in the home.

Jayden, 13, was found dead in a shallow grave near her home in May 2017. Authorities said she was strangled.

Lelevier, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested a few weeks later on charges of murder, abandoning or concealing a body, sexual exploitation of a minor, unlawful viewing or recording of a minor and voyeurism.

Lelevier's defense said he spoke to police several times and never admitted any crimes.

Lelevier has been accused of setting up hidden cameras to record Jayden going to the bathroom and undressing.

A close friend of Jayden’s allegedly told police that Jayden knew her stepfather was up to something and she was terrified. The friend warned her to tell someone.

JAYDEN GLOMB TIMELINE

May 11, 2017 -- Jayden Glomb reported missing from her family's home in Vail.

May 12, 2017 -- Glomb’s body was found between Cienega High School and Empire High School in Vail.

May 31, 2017 -- Lelevier arrested on charges of first-degree murder and abandoning or concealing a body.

July 7, 2017 -- Lelevier charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, unlawful viewing or recording of a minor, voyeurism.

Nov. 6, 2018 -- Jury selected in Lelevier's murder trial.

Nov. 7, 2018 -- Opening statements begin in Lelevier’s murder trial.

Nov. 16, 2018 -- Lelevier takes stand.

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