Jackson County

State rests in capital murder case (Updated 2 p.m.)

The state has rested its case in he capital murder trial of Rodney Phillip McKenzie Jr, one of two accused in the Aug. 10, 2010, shooting death of Johnny Bullock.

The jury earlier today heard a taped interview of McKenzie, 20, during which he admitted Bullock was killed during a prescription painkiller robbery gone bad.

McKenzie and Daniel Lamont Hatten were each arrested on a charge of capital murder in the killing. Hatten is expected to go to trial in May.

The defense will start presenting its case shortly. McKenzie is expected to testify in his own defense.

Though the maximum sentence in a capital murder case is death, the state is seeking a life sentence.

The Sun Herald updates this story as more details develop.

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