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State rests case in Hye trial

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The state has rested its case in the capital murder trial of Terry Hye, a Moss Point teen accused of murdering a Hattiesburg man who had stopped to ask directions to a football game.

Hye is one of four teenagers standing trial for the 2008 murder of Michael David Porter.

Porter and his wife stopped in Moss Point to ask directions in to their grandson's football game when a group of men attempted to rob them. Porter was shot through the window of his car before the two could escape.

In testimony Wednesday, former Jackson County inmate Jerry Givens spoke about a letter Hye asked him to give to co-defendant Telvin Benjamin.

The note detailed a plan to blame Darwin Wells as the only one involved in the shooting. Wells, the triggerman, was convicted of murder by deliberate design in 2009.

The note also said if Benjamin followed the plan, all charges against the two would be dropped.

In earlier testimony from Alonzo Kelly, who has already pleaded guilty to accessory, Wells wanted to rob someone that day so he and friends could go to the Jackson County Fair.

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