Murder trial underway

Silas Upton
Silas Upton

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A trial began Tuesday for a man accused of shooting and killing a his brother-in-law.

Willie Mack Pierce Jr. allegedly shot his brother-in-law, Silas Upton at his home outside of Prentiss in August of 2007.

After the court heard from three of the state's witness, including the wife and son of the victim, the trial broke for the day.

Pierce was allegedly having problems with his wife Meta Pierce. According to testimony given Tuesday, Pierce's wife went to stay with her twin sister Nita and Nita's husband - Upton.

Six days after living with her sister Willie Mack Pierce went to the Upton's home, said Pierce.

Silas was the only person home at the time, and Pierce quickly became a suspect and after investigators said Pierce fled to Mobile, Ala., where he was later caught and brought back to Mississippi.

An investigator with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations also took the stand and testified Pierce made a voluntary statement saying, "if I had to do it over again, Silas Upton, would have been the last person I would have killed."