Triple homicide case goes to jury

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The fate of one of the men accused in the 2014 Lookout Valley triple homicide is in the hands of a jury.

In Derek Morse’s trial on Tuesday, the state and the defense gave their closing arguments.

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The state says there is hard evidence to show Morse killed John Lang, Jon Morris and Caleb Boozer. They cited testimony from witnesses and evidence from TBI that showed gunshot residue on Morse’s clothing.

“You look at all of the evidence together. You will come to one conclusion and that is Mr. Morse is guilty,” Executive Assistant District Attorney Lance Pope said.

The defense attorney, Dan Ripper, disagreed and says witnesses changed their stories. He say surviving victim Matthew Callan, first said other people told him to say Morse was the shooter.

“You realize that he is not a credible witness with the issue of identification at all,” Ripper said.

The jury spent several hours Tuesday night deliberating and they pick up again Wednesday morning.