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UPDATE: Accused murderer Tracy Lawrence shares his story in court

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) - UPDATE: Tracy Lawrence did take the stand in his defense this morning as the trial enters its second week.  

Lawrence took the stand at 9:15.

He told the court he woke up, heard a rattling on a cellar door, looked outside and saw two men trying to get into truck and garage.

Lawrence said he grabbed a rifle, went on the front porch and yelled at them to get off the property.

He said he fired two shots into the ground as a warning, but he fired on the men when they started running toward him.

Prosecutors have pointed out inconsistencies in his police interviews about what happened.

But Lawrence says that's because he was shaken up and scared during the initial interview.

Prosectors have also questioned if Lawrence could have shot and killed the men from his porch, given the vantage point he had.

Closing statements in the trial could begin as early as today.

 

Murder or self defense?

Tracy Lawrence is expected to share his side of the story today in Jackson County.

The 55-year old is accused of shooting and killing two young men on his property back in 2016.

After two years the trial for accused murderer, Tracy Lawrence started last week.

So far we've heard the 911 call, testimony from first responders, and the jurors have even visited the property where the shooting took place.

Today Lawrence is expected to take the stand and share what he believes happened the morning of June 8th 2016.

Attorneys say Lawrence saw two men trying to get into his truck and garage outside his home in Springport Twp.

He grabbed a rifle and yelled at them to get off his property.

The 55-year old says it appeared they were running toward him so he opened fire, killing the men who were both 18-years old.

However prosecutors say the men were killed while trying to run away.

Lawrence faces second degree murder charges.

Our Jackson Bureau reporter will be back in the courtroom this morning.

Stay with 6 News for the very latest.


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