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6/27/07-Sabine County Texas

Testimony Begins in Capital Murder Trial

Tuesday, a veteran medical examiner told Sabine County jurors the gory details surrounding the murder of Fred Easter. The doctor testified the 78-year-old man had been severely burned and had five stab wounds to his back and chest area. Two of those wounds were lethal.

The doctor also told the court the autopsy he performed on Easter showed he was already dead before being set on fire. Last September, Easter was found dead in his Bronson home. Authorities believe robbery was the motive.

Thirty year-old Rusty Horton is on trial for Easter's murder. He allegedly robbed him and set his home on fire to cover up the crime. Authorities said Easter and Horton were close friends.

If convicted of capital murder, Horton faces life in prison.

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