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Marianna Quad Murders Trial: Day 8

Wesley Williams

Wesley Williams

The Defense wrapped up its case today in the Marianna Quad Murders, presenting final witnesses and 3-possible theories for the murders of 19-year-old Danielle Baker and her three sons.

Among the witnesses was inmate Skylar Keys. Keys was initially a person of interest shortly after the 2005 murders when investigators learned he was near Baker's apartment the morning of the murders, buying duct tape. On the stand, though, he explained the duct tape was purchased for auto repairs.

Baker's three sons suffocated when their mouths and noses were bound with duct tape.

Keys also testified he did not know Baker or Williams at the time of the murders.

Another witness, Perry Johnson, was one of Baker's boyfriends at the time. During his testimony, he admitted he was at Baker's apartment the day before the murders. He then disputed testimony from another inmate who said Johnson owed money to Miami drug dealers and they came looking for him in Marianna.

The Defense also called Wesley Williams' cousin, Quentin Atkins to the stand. Atkins was nearly jailed for showing up intoxicated.

Baker's neighbor, Della Barnes, who also has 3 sons, testified about a third theory. She says her former boss may have hired someone to kill her after she had him fired, setting up a mistaken identity defense for Williams.

Closing arguments being Thursday morning.
Story compiled from information obtained by reporter Vanessa Nguyen.

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