Day Two of Winchester Murder, Arson Trial

- WINCHESTER, Va. - The Sherry Cruz murder trial continued Tuesday in Winchester. Cruz is charged with the death of her two-year-old son. 

On Tuesday, prosecutors rested their case. Most of the testimony circulated around the purchase of a gas can. It's something Frank Myrtle, a Sergeant with the Winchester Police Department and a lead investigator in the case, said Cruz failed to mention in her first interview with investigators. 

It's significant because investigators say the lead accelerant in the house fire that killed Christian, Cruz's two-year-old son, was gasoline. 

Cruz admitted to purchasing a gasoline can the morning the fire happened, but with the intention of using the gas to fill up an old car she had stranded on a farm. 

Witnesses testified that the gas can Cruz purchased that day was never found in the remnants of the fire. Cruz's landlord allegedly took a gas can from Cruz's house several days prior to the house fire, and witnesses testified that he had an altercation with Cruz hours before the house was set on fire. 

"No surprises so far. It's kind of gone the way, how we thought they were going to lay it out, up to this point," said Christopher Collins, Cruz's defense attorney. 

The defense will begin calling their witnesses to the stand Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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