Former girlfriend of suspect in double slaying takes the stand

Former girlfriend of suspect in double slaying takes the stand »Play Video
Asia Seaton gives testimony during the Johan Gillette double-murder trial at the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene, Ore. Thursday February 20, 2014. Seaton and Johan Gillette were a couple and lived together on James Gillette's property. Johan Gillette is accused of killing his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas, James Gillette's domestic partner in September 2012. (Kevin Clark/The Register-Guard, pool)

EUGENE, Ore. - A key witness in the state's case against Johan Gillette continued answering questions today. 

Johan Gillette is suspected of brutally killing his father, James, and his father's partner, Anne McLucas, in September 2012 in their South Eugene home.

Asia Seaton was dating and living with Johan on the Gillette property at the time of the crime.

Friday morning, prosecutor Stephen Morgan attempted to clarify inconsistencies in Seaton's account of what happened the day of the incident.

In her initial interview with authorities, Seaton said she woke up to Johan acting frantic and cleaning his trailer with bleach.

She recounted that Johan told her he hurt his father and McLucas after James went for his gun during a heated altercation.

When asked to verify the information Friday, Seaton responded, "I don't remember. But I guess if I said it."

Seaton's evasive attitude changed when defense attorneys started questioning.

Seaton described an abusive James Gillette. She started crying as she talked about Anne McLucas, who she considered a close friend.
 
"She stayed wih him because she kept telling me she didn't want to die alone," Seaton said.

According to Seaton, investigators promised to bring her to McLucas in her final hours if she answered questions.

Despite cooperating, Seaton tearfully recounted how her friend ended up dying alone, her ultimate fear.

Unfulfilled promises, she explained, were the reason she stopped cooperating with the state officials. At one point Seaton even pointed at the prosecutor, exclaiming, "He lied."