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Defense requests denied in mass murder trial

The prosecution rested its case shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The prosecution rested its case shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) -

Thursday morning, the defense was expected to begin its case in the trial of Zakkawanda Moss, who is accused along with Henry Burrell of the murders of six people across Alabama and Tennessee.

The defense was unable to bring anything to the table Thursday. Defense attorney Hershel Koger had several requests, all of which were denied by the judge.

Koger first asked for all six first-degree murder charges to be dropped due to insufficient evidence. The judge acknowledged the lack of physical evidence, saying "It's clear to everyone in this room that this is a circumstantial case," however the request for an acquittal was denied.

The judge also deemed the defense's one and only witness incompetent, and denied a crucial piece of evidence to be shown to the jury. The judge also ordered that we not report any details regarding that witness or the evidence involved.

None of the attorneys on either side would talk on-camera, but District Attorney Robert Carter did give a verbal statement, saying "We are confident in our case and we are prepared to give our closing arguments at this point.

Closing arguments are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

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