CST Smith specifically said they were in Martin's pockets or on him.
That's what her report says (80/184
In the report, unlike the log entry, Smith did not use the word 'collected'. Taken literally, she was only indicating that she believed these items had been on Martin's person at some time.
That is how I would expect her to write, if Tara Malphurs handed her the items in bags, having collected them while Smith's attention was elsewhere.
I don't believe CST Smith knew exactly where each item was collected. Her report was carefully vague. Her log entry was carelessly specific. She was probably tired, and maybe in a hurry to end her shift.
The log entry said both the button and headphones were 'collected from with in [sic] the victim's pockets.'
Sgt. Stacie McCoy reported that she saw the ear phones (17/184).
I observed a can of Arizona Ice Tea and a pair of ear phones, in close proximity to the victim's body.
I have seen no explanation for why she would make this up. Nor have I seen one for why she would be hallucinating ear phones, while the real ear phones were out of sight in Martin's pocket.
Ayala allegedly told SAO he saw the button (2/284
Ayala saw a gunshot wound on his torso under a photo button that Martin was wearing.
The same questions arise. Why would Ayala make this up? Why would he hallucinate a button, when he had no reason to suspect there actually was a button?
Sgt. Ciesla's report corroborates McCoy and Ayala (20/184).
The victim had $ 40.15 in US currency, a bag of Skittles candy, a red 7-11 red[sic] lighter in his pockets, headphones next to him, and a photo pin on his sweatshirt.
Ciesla's report doesn't say that he saw this himself. It does indicate that Ciesla was watching for at least part of the examination .
When the ME investigator lifted the victim's clothing I saw a single gunshot wound to the chest.
If Ciesla didn't watch Malphurs collect the items, it was most likely from her that he got his information on their locations. It's possible that Malphurs left without giving Ciesla this information, and he went to McCoy and Ayala to fill him in before he wrote his report. But all these suppositions seem less to likely to me than CST Smith getting careless with one log entry.