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Harris Trial

The capital murder trial of Westley Devon Harris enters day seven in Luverne. Harris is accused of killing six members of his girlfriend's family.

Wednesday, 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 them.

The six family members were shot to death at their Crenshaw County farm on Aug. 26, 2002.

Defense attorneys representing 24-year-old Harris tried to discredit the work and testimony of Dr. Ben Bristol by pointing out that he resigned a month after the killings.

Bristol gave no reason why he resigned from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Bristol performed the autopsies on Tony Ball, Mila Ruth Ball and Jerry Ball.

The defense attorney told the jury that Bristol regained certification a year after performing the autopsies.

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


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