Jasper NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports both the prosecution and the defense in the capital murder trial of John William King rested their cases today. King is accused of dragging a black man - James Byrd, Jr. - to his death behind a pickup truck last June. The final witnesses for the prosecution included a a police detective who said King had written racist graffiti on the door of his jail cell, a guard who intercepted a message from King to a fellow defendant that appeared to boast about the crime, and a forensic pathologist who described in graphic detail the extent of Byrd's suffering as he was dragged behind the truck. The defense called only 3 witnesses before resting its case.
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NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports both the prosecution and the defense in the capital murder trial of John William King rested their cases today. King is accused of dragging a black man - James Byrd, Jr. - to his death behind a pickup truck last June. The final witnesses for the prosecution included a a police detective who said King had written racist graffiti on the door of his jail cell, a guard who intercepted a message from King to a fellow defendant that appeared to boast about the crime, and a forensic pathologist who described in graphic detail the extent of Byrd's suffering as he was dragged behind the truck. The defense called only 3 witnesses before resting its case.