MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The murder trial of Brandon Estle resumes Wednesday, June 12 in Mobile at 9:30 a.m.
Testimony in the trial began Tuesday.
Estle is charged with beating and shooting Justin Hasty in October of last year, and putting Hasty's body in a tool box that was discovered on property owned by Estle's father.
Defense Attorney Jeff Deen said Hasty hit Estle in the knee with a baseball bat, and that Hasty grabbed his gun over $1,500 Deen said Estle owned Hasty.
WILL ESTLE TAKE THE STAND?
As testimony wrapped up for the day Tuesday, Deen talked to FOX10 News about whether his client will take the stand in his own defense.
Deen said, "I don't know yet. He doesn't have to testify. They have to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. And if we get to the point that we don't think that's necessary, he won't testify.
On the side of the courtroom near the jury, there was a large box wrapped in paper.
Prosecutors said this is the tool box Estle put the body of Hasty in.
In opening arguments, District Attorney Ashley Rich said Hasty's DNA was present in blood found on the wall of his house, where she maintains Estle beat Hasty with a baseball bat, and in the tool box itself.
She said every bone in Hasty's face was broken.
During a break right before lunch, Defense Attorney Jeff Deen summarized his opening statement to the jury, and his defense argument.
He said, "We think it's self defense. It's a tragedy. They were both real good friends at one point. One of them is a drug dealer; one of them is a drug user. They had an altercation. We contend it was self-defense."
ON THE WITNESS STAND
Later, Hasty's parents testified about finding blood splattered walls in Hasty's home.
The first police officer on the scene investigating the incident also testified, and pictures were shown of the inside of the house.
The first prosecution witness after lunch was an official with the Alabama Department of Forensic Science.
He is an expert in blood splattering, and testified that because of the blood patterns on the walls of Hasty's home, he believes Hasty was struck more than twice.
The prosecution Tuesday called more than a half dozen witnesses.
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