"It was anywhere between zero, above zero and 18 inches," Stevens said. "Anywhere in there the muzzle could've been and could easily be pulled by the person holding it."
The prosecution had trouble with some of its other physical evidence, however. Surprisingly, Linda Dolloff didn't have much blood on her, even though the bedroom where Jeff was attacked was coated from floor to ceiling.
"She's got blood here, on her left cuff, a little streak, and she's got spatter under her right armpit," Anderson said. "I think it's consistent with a baseball stance and whacking somebody with it. ...
"How could she get those stains, but for the fact that she was whacking him with this baseball bat? There is no other explanation for that."
According to the prosecution's own expert, Det. Scott Gosselin, however, that is flat out wrong. Gosselin's official report, read aloud to the jury, said "no conclusion could be drawn from Linda Dolloff's clothing with regard to her involvement in the assault against Jeffrey Dolloff."
He found that the stains on Linda Dolloff could have come from her husband spitting or vomiting blood. But prosecutor Anderson still told the jury exactly the opposite in her closing argument.
There was also the question of what the first officer to arrive on the scene, Sgt. Jim Estabrook, saw in one of the home's windows.
"I can see one person in the window," Estabrook radioed that night to the Cumberland County Sheriff's dispatcher. "We've got to get some eyes on the house..."
Dan Lilley said Estabrook's word were evidence of an intruder, a third person in the house.
Anderson acknowledged the officer probably did see someone.
"[Estabrook] never tried to hide the fact that he saw something that he believed to be a person. And we think it was a person. I mean, it's a total non-issue. We think it was a person, and that person was Linda."
Then the prosecution's case received a boost from the defendant's own words.
Linda Dolloff had said she harbored no hard feelings that her husband was about to bring a new woman into his life to enjoy the house the couple had built together.
"I was not desperate, no, I was not desperate," she said.
But is that the real Linda Dolloff? Perhaps some of the most damaging evidence police found in their year-long investigation was on her computer, in personal writing she called the Corinthians document. The document was named after a letter the apostle Paul wrote about unconditional love.
Her version is a series of journal-like entries written to her husband. They reveal a different, and very desperate, woman who was about to be abandoned.
"I have no choices, I'm going to sign [for divorce]," she wrote. "However, I'm so, so scared. ... I have nothing. I have no idea what will happen. I'll live one day at a time. The only thing I know for sure is that it will be extremely painful and difficult. ... One of the things that will be most difficult is to have someone else enjoying the fruits of our labor. ... Bottom line I cannot stay like this. ... I cannot eat. I cannot sleep. I cannot breathe, ... I'm in a place where I cannot sustain myself. I'm not Linda."
Anderson said, "She wasn't going to have her life. It was going to be a very different life for her. And the writings that were found in her room betray a woman that was absolutely desperate."