MARIETTA -- Melody Fortin, who with her husband Joseph owns Paintball Atlanta, testified for the defense Tuesday morning and described Loretta Spencer Blatz as a "very bossy" person who "was always trying to tell everybody else what to do."
Waseem Daker is charged with the 1995 murder of Spencer Blatz's downstairs housemate, and Daker is representing himself. In 1996, Daker was convicted of stalking Spencer Blatz and spent 10 years in state prison.
His witness, Fortin, said she believed Daker and Spencer Blatz were in a relationship, which she thought was wrong, given the difference in their ages. Spencer Blatz was about 30, while Daker was 16 or 17.
"She was always right next to you, hanging on you," Fortin said. "Even when I'd asked her not to ... I thought it was inappropriate for her to be hanging on you all the time. She would do it no matter what. She was flirting with you, giggling, laughing, just constantly. It really concerned me."
Fortin also said there was a time in 1994 when Spencer Blatz was constantly calling Fortin's son, Todd, who was 22.
Fortin said her son was living in her home and he worked in the paintball store. Spencer Blatz, she said, was calling her son at work and at home and often showing up at the store, where she would follow him around.
"He was supposed to be working, and I told her not to do it anymore," Fortin said.
She also testified she was aware that Spencer Blatz was inviting teenage players over to her apartment, which Fortin did not think was appropriate and told Spencer Blatz that. "She said she thought it was fine," Fortin said. "You were all 14, 15, 16 and I thought it was absolutely wrong. It worried me as a business owner. These kids played on my field and ... here's an adult inviting them to party at her house. It could put a bad name to our business and that concerned me."
Joseph Fortin took the stand after his wife and told jurors that Spencer Blatz had been asked not to play at Paintball Atlanta in the summer of 1995.
"I do remember we asked her not to be there. That was a result of a restraining order and she shouldn't be there as a result. You (Daker) had always been there. The problems showed up when she showed up, and so we didn't want her there."
But both Fortins acknowledged under oath that what they knew about any restraining order they heard from other people.
Earlier the defense called James Furgal as an expert witness on knives. He is the former president and CEO of Camillus Cutlery in New York.
On cross examination by prosecutor Jason Saliba, Furgal said he was hired as a witness through an agency and his fee was $100 per hour plus expenses.
Daker then asked Furgal if other witnesses, including police, and others in the courtroom including Saliba and prosecutor Jesse Evans are paid to be there, causing Saliba to object and then declare: "I just want to make it real clear for taxpayers, I don't make $100 an hour to be here."