Updated: Thursday, 29 Jan 2009, 10:26 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 29 Jan 2009, 10:26 PM CST
BAY MINETTE, Ala. - Briana Parish's family made their presence known in court today by wearing shirts in her memory. "This is mainly to help make people aware that young women know they should not be out alone," said Dee McClantoc, a Parish relative. "We don't want this to happen to anyone else."
Troy Macdonald's defense team acknowledged that Daphne Police have surveillance video of Macdonald leaving the Bayhouse Pub. But his attorney attempted to show that the state has no way to prove Parish was inside Macdonald's car at the time.
Clark Stankoski says the case is far from over. " We are going to get all the evidence the state is getting. They are looking at videos other than what they talked about," said Stankoski.
On the other side of the courtroom, the District Attorney's office called a Daphne police investigator to the stand. He testified that Macdonald had been drinking that night and told someone he wanted to quote "hook up with her."
The judge then ruled the case will proceed. "His case will be presented to the February grand jury. And they will be the acting body to decide the charges he will face as to go on through the process," said the District Attorney.
During the proceeding, Troy Macdonald was very emotional, even crying during testimony. However, he was taken back to jail.
Family members say this is one step closer to justice. "We have a lot of God with us, so that's where out strength is."
FOX10 News learned Thursday that Brianna Parish was naked from
waist down when she was found. Detectives say they were also able
to match semen found in Parish's body to Troy Macdonald.
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