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Investigator testifies in trial for A&M students' murders

Wilbert Smith is charged with capital murder. Wilbert Smith is charged with capital murder.
B.J. Peterson and Ronnie Pugh were shot to death in a home on Hester Lane. B.J. Peterson and Ronnie Pugh were shot to death in a home on Hester Lane.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

In Madison County, the jury took a blood curdling, and bloody, look at the scene where two Alabama A&M students were murdered.

A Huntsville Police Crime Scene Investigator took the witness stand on Tuesday in the trial of Wilbert James Smith.

A few times, Judge Karen Hall had to warn the members of the jury they were about to see something graphic.

Smith is charged with capital murder for the 2008 deaths of 28-year-old B.J. Peterson and 24-year-old Ronnie Pugh. They were both shot to death in a home on Hester Lane.

Investigator David Mullins took the stand and showed pictures of the house, which he said he found ransacked with Peterson and Pugh dead on the floor, tied up with duct tape.

The victims' relatives cringed and wept as Mullins' bloody crime scene pictures were shown on a big screen in the courtroom.

He also showed documents, a plastic bag, and a shoe box taken from the scene smeared with blood that didn't come from either of the victims.

Prosecutors said DNA tests show the blood is Smith's, but his lawyers say that's not good enough.

"The state's case is based on the fact that there was some of my client's bloodstains found inside this basically ransacked house. We say obviously that's not going to be enough to show that he's actually the one who pulled the trigger on these two guys," said defense attorney Bruce Gardner.

Smith's lawyer said he will grant that Smith was at the scene of the murders, but he said that issue will be addressed for the jury later in the trial.

Even with the capital murder charge, the Madison County DA's office has said it is not going for the death penalty in this case, so if Smith is convicted, he would automatically get life in prison without parole.

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