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UPDATE: Jury is now Deliberating in the Andrew Wilson Double Murder Trial

Update
By: James Buechele
June 27, 2014
3:30 p.m.

The jury is currently watching the confession tape interview of Andrew Wilson again that was done a day after the murders. The jury asked to see the entire tape. Could be another long evening.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 27, 2014

The jury is now deliberating in the sentencing phase of the Andrew Wilson double murder trial.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 26, 2014

Wakulla County, FL - The defense rested Thursday after calling several more witnesses to testify.

Court will continue Friday morning.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 24, 2014
4:30 p.m.

Court is adjourned. The hearing will continue tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 24, 2014
2:55p.m.

Wilson's fraternal twin sister, Amy, is testifying from Egypt via Skype.

She says their mom and dad fought a lot. She says she felt uncomfortable around their dad.

She says the family moved a lot, which greatly affected Wilson. She says he had a hard to adjusting.

Amy says she dropped out of school in the 10th grade and permanently left home in 2002. She says she left because it didn't feel like a family: their parents were on drugs and Wilson kept to himself.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 24, 2014
2:10p.m.

For the first time in the two-day sentencing hearing, Andrew Wilson seems to be showing emotion.

His brother, David Rogers, is in the witness stand now. Rogers is currently serving a 6-year prison sentence in Montgomery, Alabama.

Wilson's defense attorney is asking Rogers to recall their childhood. Rogers says their parents were very abusive. Rogers broke down in tears when the attorney showed him old pictures of their mother and father.

Wilson hung his head down low with his hands over his face while his brother was speaking.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 24, 2014
10:40a.m.

Day two of the sentencing hearing for Andrew Wilson is underway.

The defense says it has 21 witnesses to call to the stand today.

Within the first hour of this morning's hearing, two of Wilson's former high school teacher, two former co-workers, and his grandmother testified.

They all used words such as "kind," "sweet," "gentle" and "respectful" to describe Wilson. They say they were shocked to hear that Andy had killed two people and almost killed another.

While Wilson's former teachers called Wilson polite and well-mannered, the prosecutor pointed out that people do change over time.

One of Wilson's former co-workers admitted that Wilson was mean, spiteful, and irate after his girlfriend left him with their young son. He says Wilson used bad words to describe the mother of his child, but gave no indication that he would hurt anyone.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 23, 2014
4:22p.m.

The sentencing of Andrew Wilson has been adjourned for the day. The hearing will continue at 8:30 Tuesday morning.

Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 23, 2014
2:02 p.m.

Gabrielle McKenzie is now on the stand. She is the mother of Andrew Wilson's son.

In her victim impact statement, Mckenzie talks about the pain of losing her dad, John Mckenzie, who as killed by Wilson.

She says she feels "anchorless" without him. Her mom died in 2005 and she says her dad made sure she had everything she needed.

Her dad was killed three days after her son's first birthday.

The defense is also taking this time to re-question Mckenzie about Wilson and the case.


Update
By: Lanetra Bennett
June 23, 2014
12:53 p.m.

Patrick Pittman's cousin, Mandy Ferrell, is now on the stand giving her impact statement.

She says Pittman being killed by Wilson devastated the family. She said her first cousin never met a stranger. His dream was to become a mixed martial artist and one day open his own gym.


By: Lanetra Bennett
June 23, 2014
12:30 p.m.

The sentencing phase for Andrew Wilson is underway in the Wakulla County Courthouse.

Wilson was convicted Friday on two counts of first degree murder and one count if attempted murder.

The jury now had to decide if Wilson should get the death penalty or life in prison.

In opening statements this morning, prosecutors said they plan to allow impact statements during the hearing today.

The defense says Wilson's mom was on drugs when she had him and says he had an unstable childhood. The defense attorney says Wilson's parents and sister and other family members are bi-polar. He also says after Wilson and his girlfriend split up in 2011, he used drugs and alcohol more and his erratic mood swings worsened.

The defense says Wilson could not be thinking rationally the night of the murders.


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