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Cold case trial continues into day three

POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

We have been following the murder trial of James Polk all week. He is the man accused of killing 18-year-old Kimberly Rowell in 1993. On Thursday, September 18, 2014 the case will go to the jury.

On Wednesday, the court room heard from the last prosecution witness and five witnesses from the defendant's side, including James K. Polk himself. Polk told the jury his version of the events that occurred in 1993. He then continued to say that certain witnesses had lied under oath, and that he was telling the truth.

"I went to Martha's house the night Kim was murdered. Martha's daughter, Carmen, was one of my girlfriends. I left there 15 minutes to ten. I went over to Kim's house, but she wasn't there. Kim's roommate said she was locking the door because she wasn't home by ten. I then walked back to my grandma's house before going back to Carmen's," said Polk.

 Polk continued to say that he did not find out about Rowell's death until the next day.

"My brother showed me the newspaper, and Kim's murder was on the front page. I got upset because she had been murdered," said Polk.

Following his testimony, Judge Prentiss Harrell dismissed the jury. Harrell then met with the attorneys from both sides to review the jury instructions.

On September 18 at 9 a.m. Judge Harrell will give the jury instructions. The attorneys will then present their closing arguments. The attorneys include Polk's defense attorneys, Thomas Schwartz and John Howell, and the Attorney General's Office prosecuting attorneys, Marvin Sanders and Larry Alexander.

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