Major Witnesses Presented in Cleary Trial

By WEEK Producer

March 7, 2011 Updated Mar 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM CDT

Daniel Cleary is charged with the murder of his wife MeLisa, in June of 2008.

Monday, MeLisa's now-14-year-old daughter, KC, testified she saw a "form" covered with blankets in the back of the family's Ford SUV while it was parked in the garage. That was June 6th, 2008, the last day MeLisa was seen alive.

The Defense's first witnesses were two men who had relationships with MeLisa in the days before her disappearance.

Their apperance came after Judge Stuart Borden warned defense attorneys about any attempts at "character assassination" of MeLisa Cleary.

The defense says MeLisa had a "high risk" lifestyle, which showed on evidence of being controlled by her husband.

One man--Brian Simmons --testified he met MeLisa Cleary about a month and a half before her death at Creve Coeur tavern, then called "Tops and Tails".

Simmons said their relationship became sexual, including once in the Cleary SUV in the parking lot of the tavern on the morning of June 5th.

A second man testified MeLisa had sent him messages of a sexual nature and a semi-nude picture that same morning, and talked about meeting at some future date. He testified he never met MeLisa in person.