Authorities believe some of the sniper bullets were fired from the trunk of that car, through a hole cut above the license plate. They believe the gunman would lie flat in the trunk and communicate with the driver by walkie-talkie. Prosecutors believe that Goodwin's testimony indicates Malvo, in his confession, might have been boasting about his role in the shootings.
After testimony on the Franklin slaying, prosecutors moved on yesterday to the shooting of Jeffrey Hopper in the parking lot of the Ponderosa in Ashland, Va. Hopper and his wife had been visiting family in Pennsylvania and were on their way home to Melbourne, Fla.
The couple, married 15 years, had a "very nice dinner" and "some wonderful conversation" at the restaurant before heading out, he said.
Stephanie Hopper walked on the sidewalk and held two cookies left over from dessert. Her husband walked on the pavement, so they were at eye level and could lean in for a kiss.
Then came the explosion.
"I literally felt myself jerk, and it felt to me like what would be the shock wave of an explosion," Hopper said. "I took a step and a half or so and brought my hand up to my abdomen and turned to Stephanie and said, 'I think I've been shot.'"
His wife tried to call 911 on her cell phone, but she couldn't dial because that day Jeffrey had taught her how to use the key lock feature on the phone.
"I picked the wrong day to do that," he joked in court, a moment of levity in a day wrought with heartache.
Stephanie Hopper testified that she called out to passers-by that her husband and been shot and then, she said, "I looked back at Jeff and he said, 'I love you,' and I said I loved him, too, and he closed his eyes."
After examining her husband to find the entrance wound on his abdomen, she turned him over to see whether there was an exit wound and he was bleeding from his back. He was not. They waited for paramedics to arrive.
"He was having trouble breathing and he looked like he was going into shock," she testified. "I told him, 'It's going to be OK. You need to fight to stay conscious. You need to stay with me.' He said he would."
Jeffrey Hopper stayed conscious until he reached the Medical College of Virginia, where he would undergo five surgeries in two weeks to save his life. He told the court the most recent surgery was last month - to reconstruct his abdominal muscles - and then he left the stand, sat down next to his wife and placed his arm across her shoulder.