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State rests case in Wells murder trial (updated 4:45 p.m.)

The state has rested its case in the capital murder trial of Darwin M. Wells.

The defense is currently talking to Wells to determine whether they are ready to rest their case.

Wells is accused in the Oct. 23, 2008, alleged robbery and murder of Michael David Porter, 44.

In afternoon testimony, Wells said in a taped interview with police that he first approached Porter to ask him for money to buy a drink because he was thirsty.

He said he waited until Porter came out of the store and said, "Excuse me, sir."

Wells tried to open the car door, but Porter pulled it shut. At one point, the door hit one of his fingers on his left hand.

Wells also told police where to find the alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber handgun. The gun was found under a couch at Wells' grandmother's home, where he was living.

Three police officers are scheduled to testify in afternoon proceedings.

In opening testimony, Linda Bell Porter said she was sitting in the passenger seat of her vehicle when she saw a teen with a towel over his head walk up and shoot her husband the evening of Oct. 23, 2008.

Porter and her husband had stopped at a Conoco gas station off Mississippi 63 to get directions to a football game.

She said she’d seen the alleged shooter, the teen with the towel on his head -- Wells, 16, -- with two other teens standing in front of a vehicle before the shooting occurred.

Porter was the first witness to testify in Wells’ capital murder trial in Pascagoula before Circuit Judge Dale Harkey.

The Sun Herald will have more details in Thursday's edition.