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Murder trial drags on

The murder trial of David Lewis McGuire, Jr. is ongoing in Lamar superior court. The proceedings broke for lunch Wednesday with the prosecution still calling witnesses and GBI crime scene specialist Brian Hargrove on the stand. It now appears the trial could run into Friday morning. McGuire, 39, is charged with shooting his mother to death in her Liz Acres Road home on Sept. 15, 2017. He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, three counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The victim, 70-year-old Elaine Brown McGuire, was found dead in her Liz Acres Road home by her daughter, Dana Lowe, who went to check on her after being unable to reach her by phone. Investigators say Elaine McGuire was shot four times with a .32 caliber revolver – once behind her right ear, once in the face, once in the right arm and once in the right side of her chest. The facial wound, evidence showed, grazed her after striking a cell phone that belonged to David McGuire. That phone was found near a couch upon which the alleged shooter was found in a drunken stupor by the first officers on the scene. David McGuire told them his mother had committed suicide. McGuire is represented by the public defender’s office.

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