Defense gets turn today in Warren County Christmas day murder trial


Defense gets turn today in Warren County Christmas day murder trial

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Zackary Lee Wilson listens Tuesday as prosecutors question witnesses in his murder trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

Lawyers defending the Warren County man charged with murder in a case stemming from a fatal shooting on Christmas Day 2016 are expected to make their case today.

Zackary Lee Wilson, 26, faces three counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault as well as single charges of improperly discharging a firearm and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday after calling a series of experts who assisted in the investigation of the shooting that followed a four- to five-day methamphetamine binge, according to prosecutors.

Wilson, a Franklin High graduate living outside Lebanon, allegedly fired at least nine shots from a pistol pulled from beneath the front seat of a truck in which he and Jeremy T. Foxx were riding, shattering the back of his skull and sending bullets into one of the homes they were driving by on Dec. 25, 2016.

Dr. Mary Goolsby, of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, testified about her autopsy of Foxx.

Goolsby said drug users “feel like you can conquer the world” and also said users can become paranoid or restless as the drugs wear off.

Tests detected methamphetamine, amphetamine and the active ingredient in marijuana in Foxx’s body, she added.

It was unclear if the jury would begin deliberations Wednesday or Thursday.

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