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Attorneys Focus On Text Messages In Murder Trial

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Acting out in rage or responding in self-defense? Those were just some of the arguments made Tuesday in the murder trial of an Okemos teen.

Opening statements began with the reading of a series of violent and explicit text messages sent between Connor McCowan and Andrew Singler the night of Singler's murder.

"What makes you think I'd be afraid of you? All 5'11'' of you. Ha," said the prosecuting attorney as he read McCowan's texts.

McCowan sat expressionless, as attorneys went over the early morning hours of Feb. 23.

"Andrew to Conner: I'm outside, waiting. Lets go," read the defense attorney.

Text messages map out the dispute between the 19-year-old and Singler, a Michigan State University senior and the boyfriend of McCowan's older sister. The argument escalates into a physical fight at Singler's Meridian Township Apartment and ends in his stabbing murder.

The prosecuting attorney argues McCowan had multiple chances to change his mind, but refused.

"Let it go. Turn around. Go home. Go to bed. He doesn't. His mind is set and his intent is clear and he's on a mission," said the prosecuting attorney.

The defense insists McCowan acted in self-defense.

"This truly is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, but no crime was committed here," the defense attorney said.

Tyler Aho took the witness stand. He was Singler's roommate, friend and the only other person at the apartment during the murder.

The prosecutor and defense questioned Aho, and he acted out the scene. They showed a series of images, including the hallway where the fight began, the apartment where McCowan stabbed Singler, and the knife, they say, McCowan used in the fight.

The trial will pick back up Thursday morning at 8:30, starting where the defense left off questioning Aho.

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