The trial of Wayne Bent (Wayne Bent v. State of New Mexico) occurred in Taos, New Mexico, December 9, 2008 through December 12, 2008 with the verdict being rendered on December 15, 2008. Sentencing was on December 30, 2008. Following are transcripts from various parts of the trial. Eventually, this collection will become more complete as transcripts will be added as they become available.
Attribution for these transcripts
The work on transcribing these transcript documents from the official audio (released by the trial court) has been done by Jan Brennan. Jan is a "true crime" author, as well as a romance novel book reviewer. You can see her book about the Natalee Holloway disappearance, online, No Evidence of a Crime.
Production of typed transcripts requires playing, stopping and replaying, while typing what was said, then checking the printed copy against the original recording. Jan deserves credit for enabling students of the case to have this valuable resource.
Names RedactedAll transcripts show victims' true names redacted (substituted with initials).
Safe Room Interviews
Prior to the Grand Jury session, which was seeking indictment of Wayne Bent, Safe Room interviews were conducted with key potential witnessess. The two alleged victims were given such Safe Room interviews. The following is from the audio of the Safe Room interview with A.S., which is being played for the Grand Jury members to hear. Because this is a recording of an audio playback, some parts were not audible (those areas are indicated in the transcript). Other transcripts of additional Safe Room interviews from the Grand Jury session have been prepared and may follow later.
Preliminary motion discussion
Prior to calling witnesses, the defense discussed excluding Wayne Bent's internet postings, expressing concern about Sam Redman as an expert prosecution witness.
Prosecution rested after previous witness
(The prosecution's resting declaration included previous transcript).
Defense rested after previous witness
Judge's instructions to the jury
This concluded the trial. Wayne Bent was taken into custody following these proceedings.
Los Lunas fasting
Bent's requests were denied and force feeding was permitted. Shortly after initial nasogastric tube food force feeding and water by intravenous injection, Bent began voluntarily eating Ensure and Glucerna brand meals.