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Jury will get murder case tomorrow

Testimony wound down Wednesday in the murder trial of Joshua James Cox at the Monroe County courthouse. Both the prosecution and defense called their last witnesses. UPDATE: The jury was charged and began its deliberations at 1:40 p.m. Asssitant district attorney Mark Daniel and public defender Doug Smith will give their closing arguments to the jury Thursday morning. After that, Judge Tommy Wilson will charge the jurors and they will begin their deliberations. Cox is charged with murder, felony murder and two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in connection with the July 14, 2015 shooting death of Donald Terrell Clark. Wednesday brought testimony for the prosecution from a forensic scientitst specializing in ballistics, two forensic toxicologists and an assitant medical examiner from the GBI cime lab. Kenneth Cox, a veteran law enforcement officer himself, also testified regarding a confrontation the defendant had with his parents at their home shortly after he allegedly shot and killed Clark who was also known as ‘T’ and ‘Hippie’. During that altercation, Kenneth Cox had to taser and handcuff his son who remained alternately serene and combative. The defense countered with testimony by Dr. Gaylord Lopez, a toxicologist who is director of the Georgia Poison Control Center, who testified he suspects Cox took N-BOMe, a synthetic hallucinogen known on the street as N Bomb. Also testifying was Misty Martin of Lamar County who said she took acid with Cox the night before the shooting. She testified Cox had taken five hits of acid before arriving at her home at 8 p.m. and that they each took one hit per hour for at least five hours after that. Martin said Cox called her and said he wanted to do acid with her and asked her to get a baby sitter for her two children. She testified Cox got the acid from a “big black guy with dreads called Hippie.” Martin said Cox left her home about 8 a.m. the next morning. Within five hours, Clark was lying dead in his driveway on Chappell Mill Rd. For much more on this story, see the 1.31.17 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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