MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) - A key witness takes the stand today in the trial of James VanCallis, the man accused of murdering Armada teenager, April Millsap.
On Wednesday, one witness testified that he saw VanCallis riding his motorcycle a short distance behind the victim right before the murder.
That witness, Bill Buchanan, was biking on the trail when April was killed.
VanCallis is on trial for the kidnap, murder, and attempted rape of the 14-year-old.
Buchanan testified that he was biking on Macomb Orchard Trail on July 24, 2014, the day April died and said he saw VanCallis on that trail.
He was asked on a scale of 1-10 how sure he was.
"Ten - I looked him in the eye," Buchanan testified that he was 100 percent sure, even with VanCallis wearing a helmet, which he then put on in court on Wednesday.
He said VanCallis was on his blue and white motorcycle that day and looked “angry” and “nervous.” He also said he saw a young teenage girl walking along the trail not far away.
"My thought was there was something going on between the two of them,” he said. “My thought was she's still on the path, they just had a rendezvous.”
The prosecution argued VanCallis' motorcycle was seen on surveillance passing a house roughly 20 minutes after April was murdered.
However, the defense said there's no proof that's VanCallis or his bike on the video.
Rick Land was also on the trail that day and described seeing and hearing April's dog without a collar or leash.
"It was a constant barking,” Land said. “It was enough that I just thought what the heck.”
The defense questioned the memory of those witnesses and if they've been influenced.
The trial continues Thursday.