Six Killed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The capital murder trial of Westley Devon Harris entered day six Wednesday in Luverne. Jurors listened to autopsy results of three of the six victims from a former state pathologist who admitted to not being board certified when he performed the autopsies.

Defense attorneys representing the 24-year-old Harris tried to discredit the work and testimony of Doctor Ben Bristol by pointing out that he resigned a month after the killings and has changed jobs two times in two years. Bristol gave no reason as to why he resigned from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

He currently works in Lubbock, Texas. Bristol performed the autopsies on Tony Ball, Mila Ruth Ball and Jerry Ball. Defense attorney Steve Townes told the jury that Bristol regained certification a year after performing the autopsies on Aug. 28, 2002 murders. The six family members were slain two days earlier.

Defense attorneys also argued that a small portion of the evidence that was collected from the bodies were not properly documented in photographs.


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