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Sergeant Testifies In Fellow Officer's Murder Case

SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) - Two calls were made from the cell phone of a pregnant Saginaw area woman to the phone of a Buena Vista police officer the night her body was found, a police sergeant testified during the preliminary examination of the fellow officer charged in her slaying.

Sgt. Sean Waterman also said Thursday in Saginaw County District Court that a third call was made Aug. 30 from Kenneth Bluew's cell to Jennifer Webb's phone, The Saginaw News reported.

Bluew, 36, faces charges including first-degree murder and assault related to the death of Webb's unborn child.

Waterman testified that when he went to the home of Webb's parents to report their 32-year-old daughter may have committed suicide, they told him "there was no way possible" that she killed herself and that Bluew had fathered the child she carried.

"I actually got pretty sick to my stomach," Waterman said when Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas asked his response to the Webbs' statements about Bluew. "I was thinking this was no longer a possible suicide."

Bluew was with another officer when the body of Webb, who was eight months pregnant, was found Aug. 30 near a drainage ditch in Buena Vista Township, about 85 miles northwest of Detroit. An extension cord was around Webb's neck and attached to the roof rack her sport utility vehicle.

Bluew, a married man from Saginaw Township, said he and Webb were friends, Waterman testified.

The preliminary examination was to continue Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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