Murder victim’s brother testifies husband’s reaction to death ‘phony’

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Dale Bruner

Dale Bruner

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — In day two of the Dale Bruner murder trial, the star testimony came from the victim’s brother.

Stephanie Roller-Bruner’s brother, Aaron, testified in the morning about his relationship with his brother-in-law: “Brother-in-law, good brother-in-law,” Roller says.

But when Aaron Roller was asked about the reaction of Dale Bruner after Bruner was told about police finding Stephanie’s body in the Blue River in Summit County, the tone changed.

“I just remember noises. I think there may have been some crying. To be honest, I found the whole reaction to be odd, a bit phony,” says Roller.

The 41-year-old victim was a former county engineer and was working as a dance instructor when she died. The couple’s marital problems have been well-documented.

The defense argues that the couple was having marital problems and that Stephanie Bruner left on her own that November 2010 night and was murdered by someone else. The defense is also attacking the credibility of the police investigation.

It is not yet known if Dale Bruner will take the stand. The trial could last up to two weeks.