MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Dramatic, videotaped testimony Tuesday, October 8 from a Mobile area woman in her nineties who authorities said was severely beaten in a home invasion that killed her 89 year old friend.
Scott Jones and another man are charged with murder and attempted murder in the beating death of 89 year old Lawrence Hutson and the beating of Elizabeth Duggin, also 89 years old at the time.
The attack happened at Duggin's home on Mon Luis Island in February of 2010.
Duggin was not able to be in the courtroom Tuesday, but her testimony was videotaped and shown to the jury.
She testified she was in the bedroom of her home and Lawrence Hutson was in the living room when she heard their dogs barking and then heard Hutson yell, "Help, somebody help."
Duggin said Hutson also called out her name, but that a man came into her bedroom with what prosecutors said was a baseball bat.
She testified a man hit her across the head, and she thought she was going to die.
Duggin also testified she didn't recognize the man and couldn't give a description of him.
Jones attorneyJim Harper maintains his client is innocent.
Harper said, "It's men in prison trying to get out of prison, is what it is."
During a break in the trial, Harper talked about Jones co-defendant, Anthony Parker, who's also charged with murder and attempted murder in the case, but is being held on other charges, and will be tried separately.
Harper said, "There's a person that is charged in this crime as well, and he's kind of a snitch and he's, historically, gone out when he gets in trouble, and listens in the jail cell, and he calls up police and says, 'Hey, I know some information' to help get himself off, and our defense is that that's exactly what he's doing here."
District Attorney Ashley Rich didn't give an interview.
Jones was arrested in Arnold, Missouri, back in December and extradited to Mobile.
You may remember, he was then mistakenly released from jail in June because of a glitch in the system.
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