EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGARLAND MURRAY TRIAL
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Murder Victim's Wife Testifies In Charleston Trial
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: May. 9, 2012 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: May. 14, 2012 11:29 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A shocked North Charleston woman who spotted the dead body of murder victim, Gregory Poole, testified in the trial of his alleged killer Garland Murray Thursday.
Garland Murray is on trial for the April 2010 drug related murder.
Margaret Cavender described spotting Poole's body as she drank her morning coffee. She also described hearing the shots that killed him in the middle of the night, unsure whether or not they were firecrackers.
Cavender said when they sun came up, she noticed something red in her neighbor's yard. It was Poole's body. He had been shot in the head.
Police testified they caught Murray's brother, a co-defendant, near the murder scene responding to a shots fired call. They said they let him go because the body had not been found at that point.
Prosecutors allege the two men kidnapped Poole to rob him and that Garland Murray shot and killed him.
The case should go to the jury Friday.
A murder victim's wife took the stand in a Charleston murder trial Wednesday, saying she saw the defendant holding a gun on her husband the night he was killed.
Ebony Poole said Garland Murray and his brother tried to kidnap her and her husband Gregory.
Poole said she escaped, but did not report that her husband had been kidnapped because they were drug dealers and she feared being sent back to federal prison. Poole testified she waited 12 hours to go to the police because she did not think her husband would be killed because she could identify his abductors.
"I got away from them. I knew who they are and never thought they would be so dumb to do something like this considering that I got away and if something were to happen to him, I know whose hands he was in," said Poole.
Prosecutors allege Murray shot Poole once and then shot him twice in the head after he fell in a yard on Second Avenue. His body was discovered hours later.
The jury is expected to get the case late this week.
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