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Hatcher murder trial underway in McDowell County

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Rebecca Hatcher, left. Photo by Gil McClanahan Rebecca Hatcher, left. Photo by Gil McClanahan

The murder trial of Rebecca Hatcher continued today in McDowell County.

She's charged with murder in connection with the death of her father-in-law and former War Mayor Thomas Hatcher in June of 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Rebecca and her brother suffocated Mayor Hatcher with a plastic bag while he slept and then took $1,100 to buy drugs.

Thursday afternoon that plastic bag and a pillow were introduced as evidence, and forensic experts testified about getting DNA from those items.

"The armchair pillow was consistent with a mixture of DNA. The primary donor of those results was Thomas Hatcher. I could not make any conclusion on the secondary results identified," says Angela Gill of the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab.

Thursday morning the prosecution called 14 witnesses.

The defense has 40 witnesses listed to testify.

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