An ashtray, a sword -- the final moments of Leah Gustafson's life captured through an open phone line.
The 14 jurors selected Monday in Douglas County Court will be presented with this evidence and more during the murder trial of Jason Richard Borelli.
The 32-year-old Superior man faces one charge of first-degree intentional homicide for the Jan. 7 stabbing death of Gustafson at her 1910 John Ave. residence.
Gustafson, 29, was found dead in her upstairs apartment lying next to one of her own collector's swords, which police believe was used to kill her. A neighbor who heard her struggles and screams called 911. Gustafson also called police during the attack, but was unable to speak.
Borelli was charged in January with first-degree intentional homicide and in March pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
He was arrested when police followed a trail of blood to his house at 1901 John Ave., across the street from Gustafson's apartment. Police found bloody clothing balled up under a bathroom sink and several other blood smudges in his residence.
There was no evidence of robbery or rape at the crime scene, said Chief Public Defender J. Patrick O'Neill, who represents Borelli. Gus-tafson and Borelli were not in a domestic relationship.
"Ultimately, you're not going to hear any rational reason why this occurred," O'Neill said during his opening statement, asking jurors to clearly see what the evidence does show and what the evidence does not show -- an intent to kill.
Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank spoke of the many pieces of evidence that completed the murder puzzle -- from the sword and crime scene photos to testimony from Gustafson's neighbor, who saw a stocky figure walking away from the murder scene.
"The evidence is going to show there's a connection between people," Blank said. "This isn't a random stranger kind of case."
The trial, expected to last all week, has two phases. During the first, jurors will render a verdict on whether Borelli is guilty of murder. If that determination is made, jurors will decide whether Borelli was responsible for his conduct based on the mental disease or defect plea.
The jury will not be sequestered, but Judge Michael Lucci cautioned jurors not to discuss the case with anyone, or follow any media coverage.
First-degree intentional homicide is the most serious crime in the Wisconsin statutes. It carries a penalty of life imprisonment.