Donald Southworth Murder Trial Could Wrap Up Friday

Reported by: Christine Winter
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Updated: 1/19/2012 8:54 pm
We could see the high-profile murder trial of Donald Southworth go to the jury Friday.

He's accused in the June of 2010 brutal beating death of his wife Umi.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday night.

They started the day by showing jurors more than two hours of video taped back on June 9, 2010.

It shows detectives talking with Southworth at the police station.

Southworth said Umi was missing and told investigators he believed something bad had happened to her.

He told detectives that 'this was really going to affect Almira's career'- referring to his daughter's career in music.

Southworth claimed his wife was having an affair with a music producer.

The video also later shows detectives telling Southworth his wife was alive and at UK Hospital.

Police say the interview went on for two hours before Southworth finally asked how Umi was hurt.

Investigators were suspicious when Southworth said they might find his DNA on a rug and a mattress near some trees in his backyard.

Lexington Detective Bill Brislin testified, "The bags, the box spring- or as he refers to it as a mattress- the rug, which is where we knew she (Umi) was located...At no point did we tell the defendant that's where she was."

Prosecutors asked Pathologist John Hunsaker to show jurors graphic pictures of the tears, scraps and bruises on Umi’s head.

Hunsaker said she had bones sticking out of some of the tears.

The defense started its case Thursday night by calling a UPS worker to the stand.

The Southworth trial picks up again Friday morning.

The case could go to the jury later in the day.
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