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Closing arguments set for Thursday in Wells' murder trial

Michael Porter (Photo source: The Porter Family) Michael Porter (Photo source: The Porter Family)
Darwin Wells Darwin Wells

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jurors heard gripping testimony Wednesday morning from the wife of murder victim Michael Porter. Mrs. Porter described what happened last October when the couple pulled into a Moss Point gas station, and three young men walked toward them.

"It doesn't feel safe," Linda Porter remembered thinking at that moment.  "Something is just not right.  This doesn't feel safe."

The Porters were from Hattiesburg. They were on the coast to watch a grandson play a football game.  But when they got lost, they stopped at a Conoco to ask for directions.

As Mr. Porter got out of his car, two of the men walked toward him. Suddenly, she saw her husband scuffling with them. And she noticed a third man, wearing a white towel over his head, fire a gunshot.

"He just points and shoots and glass shatters," she told the jury.

Suddenly, Mrs. Porter remembered her husband saying, "Baby I'm shot. They got me. Call 911."

Darwin Wells was allegedly the man who shot and killed Michael Porter. He's on trial this week for capital murder.

Wells' Defense Attorney, Brice Kerr, questioned Mrs. Porter's credibility saying it was dark and she was nervous. Kerr also cited the police report which stated that Porter said there was only one man with a towel over his head wresting with her husband that night.

Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence played a police interview with Darwin Wells recorded a few days after the shooting.

Two law enforcers testified that Wells confessed several times.

The defense did not call any witnesses to testify during the trial. Alonzo Kelly, one of the other teenagers charged in this case, did take the stand. But as questioning began, Kelly became nervous and invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination, refusing to testify.

Closing arguments are expected Thursday, then the case will go to the jury.

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