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Jesse Collins gets emotional as he testifies about the events that led up to Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett’s death on the night of July 1, 2011. The courtroom was silent for several minutes while Collins broke down recounting his final minutes with his girlfriend.
Jesse Collins gets emotional as he testifies about the events that led up to Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett’s death on the night of July 1, 2011. The courtroom was silent for several minutes while Collins broke down recounting his final minutes with his girlfriend. (Photo by Samantha Scoles)

By Mount Vernon News
July 21, 2012 8:30 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — The jury has heard all the witnesses, today they will hear how the lawyers fit all the pieces of the puzzle together in the trial of Michael Collins for the shooting death of Lilly Dawn Pressley-Claggett on July 1, 2011.

The prosecution concluded its presentation with testimony by Melissa Collins and Jesse Collins, the daughter and son of Michael Collins. This followed the completion of the court’s viewing of the recorded interview of Michael Collins by Sheriff’s Detective David Light.

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The defense then called only four witnesses: Lt. Penny Lamp, Knox County Jail administrator; Christine Byers, the Newark resident who saw both Jesse and Pressley-Claggett, and Melissa and Michael, the day of the shooting; April, older sister of Melissa and Jesse, and Michael Collins.

The trial will continue at 9 a.m. today with a ruling on the prosecution’s motion to enter several exhibits into evidence, followed by each side’s closing arguments. The jury will then get to decide which version of the night’s events to believe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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