WOODSTOCK – The prosecution's first witness and informant in a felony drug case testified that she had a sexual relationship with an arresting officer just hours after her fiancé was taken into custody.
The bench trial for Christopher L. Branham, 43, of Crystal Lake, began today before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.
He was charged in 2010 with multiple drug felonies, include a Class X, which is punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.
His fiancée Charity Meyers testified that she had developed a relationship with McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Novak before Branham was charged. She was offered immunity for her testimony.
Meyers and Novak had pet names for each other, spent hours on the phone and exchanged hundreds of text messages, she said.
Novak was a detective in the Sheriff's Office narcotics division at the time. Her relationship with Branham was strained and she believed he was having an affair, she testified on cross examination.
On April 28, 2011, members of the Narcotics Task Force, including Novak, went to the home that Meyers and Branham share. Police have said they found multiple drugs, including morphine, Oxycontin, Darvocet, and Xanex in the home that was packaged for sale.
Just before the trial broke at noon for lunch, McHenry County Sheriff's Officer Jacob Keltner testified that the prescription drugs found at Branham's home were individually packaged and labeled as if for sale. Branham told police he did not have a prescription for the medications.
The trial will resume at 1:30 p.m.