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Teen tells widow he's sorry, but denies killing her husband

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Capital murder suspect Terry Hye spoke directly to the widow of the man's he's accused of killing, when he took the stand in his own defense Thursday.

Hye is one of four teens charged in the murder of Michael David Porter. Porter was shot to death in November 2008 at a Moss Point gas station where he had stopped to ask for directions to his grandson's football game.

Porter's wife Linda was in the car the night her husband was killed. Thursday, she sat in the courtroom listening to Hyde's testimony.

"I'm very sorry for your husband's murder," Hye said to her, "but I didn't have anything to do with your husband's murder."

Hye spent an hour and a half testifying in his own defense. When his attorney asked why he was at the Conoco station the night Michael Porter was shot, Hye said he was just an innocent bystander.

Hye admitted he was with three other friends that night on the road near the gas station. But he said Darwin Wells, who was convicted in Porter's death last year, kept talking about wanting to "hit a lick." Prosecutors say the phrase refers to robbing someone.

Thursday's proceedings got off to a slow start when a former Moss Point police investigator did not show up to testify.  Former investigator Terrance Gray was subpoenaed by the prosecution and testified Monday afternoon in the state's case against Hye. 

After the former investigator testified Monday, Judge Dale Harkey told him to remain available to be called by the defense. But Gray was not in court when called by the defense Thursday morning. Officials then learned he was in Mobile and was on his way back to Jackson County.

Gray conducted the suspect interviews, as well as an interview with Zachary Kelly. Kelly is the cousin of Alonzo Kelly, another of the teens charged in the murder.

Zachary Kelly is currently jailed at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center on an unrelated charge. At the time of the shooting the cousins lived in the same home. 

Defense attorneys called Kelly to testify about a conversation they believe he had with his cousin after the murder. On the advice of his attorney, Zachary Kelly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

When former officer Gray finally arrived in court late Thursday morning, he testified about his interview with Zachary Kelly and the conversation he had with his cousin. 

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