Defense Calls First Witnesses in Roe Trial

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Updated: 8/13/2013 11:10 pm
The defense in the Marty Roe trial called their first two witnesses Tuesday afternoon.

Both witnesses were former employees of the victim Dr. Martha Post.

The defense questioned them on how Post's business was operating, specifically while Post's dermatology practice was financially supporting her husband, Dr. Robert Truitt's family medicine practice.

A former physician's assistant testified that Post did have some trouble distributing quarterly bonuses at times.

Post's former office manager said a financial consultant was brought in to assist Post with her expenses.

The office manager testified that the consultant recommended she take Truitt's employees off her payroll. Post was preparing to do so in January of 2012. She was murdered in September of 2011.

The defense has stated since the start of the trial that Dr. Truitt had much to gain from his wife's death, including a 1.5 million dollar life insurance policy Post had taken out.

The defense believes that with Truitt's company struggling financially, and with Post no longer willing to support her husband's business, that he had his wife killed.

The trial continues Wednesday morning.

The defense is expected to call their remaining witnesses in the morning. In the afternoon, both sides are expected to present their closing arguments with the jury going expected to go into deliberations by the end of the day.

     
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