QUINCY, IL (KHQA) — Rebecca Bliefnick created many friendships both in and out of the work place.
Some of those going back many many years. Tonight we hear from three of her friends.
"I actually met Becky more than ten years ago through CrossFit, but yes, we were friends at the hospital as well," said Rebecca Spotts.
Rebecca Spotts took the stand and was asked by Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones about conversations the two friends had during Rebecca Bliefnick's divorce.
"On June 4th, 2021 at 6:59 a.m., did you receive the following message from Becky Bliefnick? 'I'm wanting to never have my children around them ever again," Jones asked.
"Yes," Spotts answered.
Melissa Young worked with Rebecca at Blessing and says they had become close.
Assistant State's Attorney Laura Keck asked young about the night of January 5th, 2023 when she saw Rebecca at T.J. Maxx after not seeing her for three years.
She says during the conversation, Rebecca began to talk about her divorce and didn't seem like her normal self.
"When you saw her, tell us, how did Becky appear to you at that time?" Keck asked.
"She looked very mentally and emotionally exhausted. Nothing like I used to see her," said Melissa Young.
But Defense Attorney Casey Schnack said having a conversation so personal after many years of not seeing one another seemed strange.
"So you had not seen Becky for three years prior to January 5th, 2023? You didn't find that odd?" asked Schnack.
"I did find it odd," Young answered.
Rebecca's childhood friend Nicole Bateman took the stand and stated she had received many messages from Rebecca where she seemed to fear for her life.
"Did you reach out to her parents about these messages," asked Schnack.
"No," Bateman responded.
But that is a decision Bateman says she wishes she could do over.
"Just one question. Miss Bateman, do you wish you would have?" Jones asked.
"Yes," Bateman responded.
The prosecution is scheduled to have many more witnesses prepared to take the stand starting at 9:00 a.m.
We will continue to bring you coverage on all platforms as this trial moves forward.