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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The defense cross-examined a key witness on the third day of Jayden Chapman’s double-murder trial, Friday.

Meth use was the focus of her questioning of Erika Dains. That’s because Chapman was said to be under the influence of meth when they were at the farm in Deloit, the scene of the murders. That’s what the defense is banking on in hopes of getting Chapman a lesser sentence.7634442_G

Friday morning, the defense asked about Dains’ meth use, and how often she did the drug. The prosecution then redirected with questions about how meth can impact her ability to recall events.

“When you use methamphetamine, does it affect your ability to remember things like if you were intoxicated on alcohol?” asked prosecutor Doug Hammerand. “No,” says Dains. “It’s different isn’t it?” asked Hammerand. “Yes,” says Dains. “Because if you use methamphetamine it doesn’t mean the next day you don’t remember what happened, does it?” asked Hammerand. “No it doesn’t,” says Dains.

“And you still are able to think when you’re on methamphetamine, aren’t you?” asked Hammerand. “Yes,” says Dains.

Dains also told jurors she wasn’t sure what Chapman meant when he told her he “had to take control” of the situation.

Chapman is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of 2nd degree arson in the deaths of Marvin Huesling and Alice Huisenga, last year.

Dains took a plea agreement for her role in the crime.

Michael Schenk was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this year.

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Erika Dains is back on the stand today in the Jayden Chapman murder trial.

Dains was with Chapman and Michael Schenk at the farm in Deloit, Iowa where two people were killed.

Dains was questioned by prosecutors Thursday.

Friday morning, the defense began cross-examination asking her about meth use, and how often she did the drug.

Dains says while she did do meth that day, she feels it doesn’t impact your ability to remember like alcohol.

But she also told jurors she wasn’t sure what Chapman meant when he told her he “had to take control” of the situation.

Dains also admitted she lied to law enforcement when she said she saw Schenk shoot one of the victims.

Chapman is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of 2nd degree arson in the deaths of Marvin Huesling and Alice Huisenga last year.

Dains took a plea agreement for her role in the crime.

Michael Schenk was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this year.

http://www.ktiv.com/story/28953915/2015/05/01/erika-dains-is-back-on-the-stand-today-in-the-jayden-chapman-murder-trial

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