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Connor McCowan Testifies In His Murder Trial

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Connor McCowan sat in front of a crowded courtroom Friday morning, testifying again in his murder trial.

The Okemos teen is charged with murder in the Feb. 23 stabbing death of Michigan State University senior Andrew Singler.

McCowan broke down in court, as the knife he used to stab and kill Singler was held just feet in front of his face.

"Sir, you don't deny killing Andrew with this knife, do you?" asked prosecuting attorney John Dewane. "I do not," said McCowan.

Evidence Dewane used Friday tugged at McCowan's emotions. Dewane focused on threatening text messages, he said, McCowan initiated.

"You'd agree with me, that's another threat of violence, isn't it?" asked Dewane. "Yes," Connor replied.

In addition to text messages, Dewane also addressed the tweet McCowan sent to Singler Feb. 23.

"This time of the night is when phone calls and texts are regretted in the morning," read Dewane. "Do you remember that?"

"I remember tweeting it," said McCowan.

McCowan said he went to Singler's to straighten things out.

"You wanted to make up to a guy who threatened to kill you and wanted to stick you in the eye. Is that what you want us to believe?" asked Dewane. "Yes, I do," said McCowan.

McCowan said, when he got to the Meridian Township apartment, Singler repeatedly punched him, which forced him to pull out his knife.

"I needed Andrew to get off me," said McCowan. "I had to get him off me."

Dewane played video of McCowan sitting in jail, as police told him he'd been arrested for homicide. McCowan's chin quivered, as he listened to a Feb. 23 phone call from his mom.

"They said that Andrew died," said McCowan's mom on the phone. "Do they know that for a fact?" McCowan questioned back.

McCowan said, although his voice might not show it, he felt devastated, and was in shock, when his mom broke the news Singler died.

The trial picks back up Monday morning. Closing arguments are expected to begin.

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