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Ex-fiance takes the stand in "Critterman" murder trial

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Pictured: David Nash, Jeremy Riley and Serenna English. Pictured: David Nash, Jeremy Riley and Serenna English.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Several witnesses took the stand for the State Wednesday in the murder-for-hire case involving former Montgomery doctor David Nash. Nash is accused of hiring two cousins to kill well-known animal trapper Ralph "The Critterman" McNeill in January of 2011.

McNeill's body was found less than 50 feet from his burned pickup truck on January 11, 2011. Authorities say he'd been stabbed to death.

The court Wednesday heard from five witnesses. The last witness, a key witness, was Serena English. She is Nash' former fiancé and is said to have been in a heated custody dispute with McNeill. She pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire in April and is set for sentencing in September.

English was on the stand for more than two hours, during which time she said under oath that Nash paid defendant Jeremy Riley to kill McNeill.

English said she met McNeill at a crackhouse and they began dating. She said the relationship ended in 2010. It was after breaking up with McNeill that English says she started dating Dr. Nash.

English said Jeremy Riley, another defendant in the murder case, was a drug dealer who sold Nash up to $1000 worth of drugs almost daily. Both she and the doctor shared the drugs.

The witness said that after a series of events, Nash asked her if she wanted McNeill dead and she agreed that she did. She testified that Nash had hired someone to commit the murder for $20,000.

At one point while English, Nash and Riley were smoking crack together, she said Riley informed them he knew someone who could do the job for half the price. For his role in the killing, Riley has already pleaded guilty to murder. 

During the Defense's cross examination, attorneys tried to discredit English, even playing five recording taped from jail. The conversations were between English and various family members who discredited some things she said on the stand. The effort was to show jurors that the witness could not be believed.  

English is scheduled to go back on the stand for more questioning Thursday.

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