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State, defense rest in capital murder trial (Updated 4:15 p.m.)

The state and defense have rested their cases in the capital murder trial of Eddie James "Stretch" Pugh IV.

Closing arguments are next, followed by instructions before the jury will get the case to decide the fate of Pugh, who is accused of killing Byron Kelsey McCoy in an execution-style murder in rural Latimer in Jackson County in fall 2008.

This morning, forensic pathologist Dr. Paul McGarry said McCoy died of a double gunshot wound to the head, a forensic pathologist testified this morning in the capital murder trial of Eddie James “Stretch” Pugh IV.

McGarry testified that the gun was "held right against his scalp ... and fired right into the head. The skull exploded, the gunshot going right into the brain.'

McGarry is one of three people who testified today for the prosecution. The jury also heard the 911 tape from Elliott Jones and his mother.

FBI Safe Streets Task Force Agent Louie Miller told jurors where two bullet casings were found, as well as one live round. He said a .40 caliber handgun was used in the McCoy's killing and the shooting of another man.

Read more about this story in Thursday's Sun Herald.

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