Victim, defendant testify in murder trial
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:30 pm | Updated: 9:39 pm, Thu Mar 22, 2012.
James Cannon | Odessa American
The prosecution and defense rested Thursday after hearing final testimony from the surviving victim and the man who stands accused of a murder and aggravated assault in south Midland County in June.
Stephen Craig Whitworth is accused of murdering Christopher Aaron Easley and stabbing Anne Bostic with an alleged accomplice, Paul Lee, on June 6 near South County Road 1210. The group allegedly went to the desolate, caliche road to smoke marijuana when Lee struck Easley with a set of bolt cutters. Whitworth is accused of holding Bostic by the neck and forcing her to watch until he began to stab her several times, leaving her for dead.
Both sides are set to make closing arguments in front of jurors today at 8:30 a.m. in the 441st Judicial District Court.
Bostic told jurors she felt "powerless" as Whitworth grabbed her around the throat, forcing her to watch and listen to Easley being beaten and stabbed. While holding her neck, she said she was told she needed to watch the attack because "Chris (Easley) needed to be taught a lesson."
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