The 12 jurors and three alternates walked around the car counterclockwise, pausing as they passed the trunk, according to a pool reporter who accompanied the group. A male juror bent down to peer at the notch in the trunk. Another put his head into the trunk.

Jurors showed particular interest in the operation of the back seat of the Caprice, which was hinged at the top and could be pulled up from its base to gain access to the trunk. Three women bent into the back seat and craned to see through the hole. A woman stuck her arm all the way through the opening.

Defense lawyers had objected to showing jurors the car, partly because they said it was in a different condition from when the shootings occurred and partly because on Thursday prosecutors brought a full-size replica of the trunk into the courtroom. But the judge agreed with prosecutors, who said jurors deserved a closer look.

"I think it's appropriate for the jury to see it," Millette said. "I think the model certainly helps to illustrate the commonwealth's evidence, but I think a more complete illustration is probably appropriate."

Prosecutors said they expect to rest their case against Muhammad on Monday. He is charged with two counts of capital murder in the killing of civil engineer Dean H. Meyers at a Manassas, Va., gas station. One count is under the multiple killings law. The other is for committing a murder while in the commission of an act of terrorism.

Prosecutors say the fear caused by the shootings and the demand for $10 million constitutes a terrorist act.

Archer, the director of the homeless mission, said he first met Muhammad in August 2001 when he showed up with his children. They were taken from him two weeks later, and Muhammad left the mission the day after that. But he returned in October, and Malvo was with him. Archer said Muhammad had a "very strong influence" over the boy.

"Lee made an effort to always please Mr. Muhammad," Archer said.

Archer spoke warmly of Muhammad, saying he considered him a friend and admired him at one time. He said Muhammad's children were "extremely well-cared for." Archer even wrote Muhammad a letter of recommendation to help him in his custody battle with his former wife. But the letter was never mailed.

"The time came that I started to have some questions about John in my mind," Archer said. In October 2001 he called the FBI because he found it strange that Muhammad was flying around the country so much while living in a homeless shelter, especially so soon after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Archer said that in his 31 years as director of the mission, Muhammad was the only resident who ever had a travel agent.