Capital murder trial Day Two: State and defense rests in capital murder trial
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 21, 2013, 12:03
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell, left, questions forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry during testimony Wednesday.
Wednesday 4 p.m.
Both the state and defense rested in the Timothy Evans capital murder trial Wednesday at Hancock County circuit court. Evans did not take the stand in his own defense nor did he call any witnesses on his behalf.
Closing arguments are expected to begin on Thursday morning.
Wednesday 2:45 p.m.
Prosecutors rested their case against Timothy Nelson Evans on Wednesday afternooon. Forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry was the final witness for the state. McGarry testified that Wenda Holling died of strangulation.
"She had extensive injuries," McGarry said.
The case is currently on a short break.
Defense arguments are expected to begin shortly.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m.
Day two of the Timothy Evans capital murder trial began Wednesday with Hancock County Sheriff's Office Investigator John Luther taking the stand.
Luther, the star witness for the state, testified that he received a taped statement from Evans the day after he was arrested on Feb. 18, 2010.
The 32-minute audio tape was then played for the jury.
In the statement, Evans said he and the victim, Wenda Holling, got into an argument on the afternoon of Jan. 2, 2010 and he tried to smother her with a pillow while she was sitting in a recliner.
When that did not work, Evans said, he got on top of her and strangled her to death.
Eavns said he woke up early the next morning and drove Holling's body to a wooded area in Harrison County where he dumped it and then went to the store to buy beer and cigarettes.
A month later, Evans wrote a letter from jail clarifying details of the crime, Luther said.
"I planned it all day and I followed through with the plan," the letter said. "I have asked God for forgiveness because I know man will not forgive me."
Luther is currently under cross-examination by Evans' defense team.
The Sea Coast Echo will continue to update this story throughout the day.