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Lackey murder heats up in Athens


By Bobby Shuttleworth
WAFF 48 News Reporter

24-year-old Andrew Reid Lackey looks like a fresh-faced kid, but he is charged with a gruesome murder.  His attorneys were asked, specifically, what they expect the evidence to show.

"I have indicated to the jury that I think the proof will probably parallel each other from the prosecution and the defense standpoint, up to a certain point," says attorney Randy Gladden

Gladden would not specify what that point would be.

Limestone county District Attorney Kristi Valls told jurors her evidence will show Lackey got information about Newman from his grandson and that Lackey rented a car and took it to Newman's home in Athens that Halloween night.

Athens Police Spokesman Marty Bruce was a courtroom observer.

"She expects the evidence to show that Andrew Lackey was the person that killed Charlie Newman. There is things like the rental car. There's some receipts that she's going to show that was at the scene that can be connected to Andrew Lackey and DNA evidence."

That DNA evidence, according to Valls , puts both Mr. Newman's and Lackey's blood on the murder weapons. She told jurors Newman's blood was on the emergency brake lever in the rental car.

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