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Prosecutors play recording of interview with Ponce-Rocha


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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- For the first time Thursday, jurors in the Raul Ponce-Rocha homicide trial heard from the defendant himself. 

Prosecutors played a recorded portion of his first interview with police which happened 4 days after 18 year old Breanna Schneller was brutally murdered. They say it shows inconsistencies in Ponce-Rocha's story. 

Police say after they found a bag containing Breanna's cell phone and underwear in a dumpster outside of the El Tequila Salsa restaurant, they started interviewing employees. Ponce-Rocha was a cook there, and was seen on surveillance video leaving the restaurant around the time of Breanna's murder. Ponce-Rocha told police he went to pick up a friend who lived at the same apartment complex as Breanna.

Surveillance video reveals that trip took 20 minutes, but police it only should have taken about five. 

Police say they also found inconsistencies with what Ponce-Rocha said he was wearing during those 20 minutes, cuts on his hands, and if he visited the dumpster behind the restaurant that day.

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