Arlene Holmes says her son was a loved child
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Defense handing Arlene Holmes evidence items. Prosecution has no objection
First is a baby photo of her son with a stuffed bunny
Arlene Holmes says he was a happy baby. "he was such a happy baby. I took him out in the stroller and people would say, 'You're lucky.'"
Next photo is of her son at 9mos old, on a new christmas card
Next item is a baby calendar. She wrote in it every day of his first year
Now showing a montage of family videos
Arlene now naming family members seen in the video, which was taken at her brother's house
Arlene Holmes says he was "above average" for organization. "His books, his toys, everything was lined up"
His Goosebumps books were "in order of acquisition"
Next photo is of her son around age 5 or 6
He's holding his blankey in the next photo. It was the same one that was in the baby picture. He carried it everywhere
"Finally it got to the point that we cut a square off and put it in his drawer so that some day we would give it to him"
Next image is from a "how to make a pizza" project that Arlene Holmes helped her son with. They cooked it and served it to the classmates
That project was for Mr Karrer's class. He testified earlier
Next item of evidence admitted without objection
Evidence is a "Holmes family book" from 1995
Arlene Holmes is trying to read the book, having trouble with some of what he wrote
Arlene Holmes says she is describing what he scribbled about the photos in the book