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Second day of testimony in murder trial brings about heated exchange


The second day of testimony in the Charles Thompson first degree murder trial brought with it heightened emotions.

Thompson is charged with shooting and killing 64-year-old landlord John Versypt in October of 2009.

Two of Thompson's neighbors took the stand Thursday.  Ronda Bluitt testified she saw Thompson in a room with a gun the night before the shooting.  She also described being home the next day, when she heard a pop.  She then testified she looked out her back window of her apartment and saw two men in hooded sweatshirts fleeing the scene.  She and her boyfriend James Brown opened their apartment door and found Versypt laying on the floor in common area of the apartment complex soon after.

Defense attorney Tyler Johnston pointed out several inconsistencies with Bluitt's testimony, showing a tape recording of her interview with police the day after shooting.  Bluitt told the detective at that time she only saw one man flee the scene after the shooting.

In court Thursday, Bluitt became visibly frustrated with repeated questioning from Johnston about the inconsistencies.  She said at the time, she was trying to protect herself, afraid of what might happen to her and Brown based on what she told police.  Bluitt testified that now she understands it's important to tell the truth.

Brown then took the stand and faced many of the same questions.  Brown testified he saw Thompson in possession of a 38 caliber gun on two occasions in the days before Versypt's shooting.  Brown also had discrepancies between earlier depositions and his testimony he gave Thursday.

Brown will again be on the stand Friday morning, when the trial resumes.

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