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Defense Begins Case in Michael Moore Murder Trial

BURLINGTON, Ky (WKRC) -- The defense began presenting its case in the Michael Moore trial on Thursday, after trying unsuccessfully to get the charges dismissed. Local 12 reporter Larry Davis was in the courtroom.

The defense moved for acquittal, saying the Commonwealth hasn't proved its case that Moore murdered his parents Warren and Madge, in their Union home in 2009. The Judge denied the motion.

An EMT then took the stand. He described responding to the Moores' home the night of the shootings. He described finding a man face down and Michael Moore in a chair nursing a gunshot wound.

Moore has said that Warren killed Madge after an argument that Madge was giving Michael pain medication. Then, Michael says Warren shot him and he shot Warren, but only in self-defense.

Family friend Judy Christman then took the stand. She testified that Madge Moore changed after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Christman says Madge was more critical. However, Christman testified Madge didn't like to see others in pain. She sometimes gave Christman medication, as well as Michael. "She told me when he had his back surgery, right after that, she said that she had given him some pain medicine because he was in such pain with his back but she never really talked about giving him pills all the time, or anything."

The judge also told the jury that gunshot residue testing did not indicate whether Moore did or did not fire a gun.

The defense says it may wrap up its case as early as Monday.




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