Testimony ends in capital murder trial
by James Phillips
Mar 30, 2011 | 4050 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Nation
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Testimony in the capital murder trial of Jasper man wrapped up Tuesday inside the Walker County Courthouse.

Michael Nation, 52, has been charged with capital murder in the May 4, 2005, shooting death of his 78-year-old father, Glenn Nation.

Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman said a charge conference would be held this morning and he expected closing arguments to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Prosecutors called their last witness Tuesday morning when former Walker County Coroner Joey Vick took the witness stand. He testified that he pronounced Glenn Nation dead at the scene of the shooting, which occurred on 7th Street Southwest in Jasper. Vick also said he was the person who transported Glenn Nation’s body to Collins-Burke Funeral Home.

After Vick’s testimony, Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair announced the State of Alabama would rest its case.

At that point, defense attorney Thomas Carmichael informed Selman he had motions that needed to be presented without the presence of the jury. Carmichael went on to file a motion for a judgment of acquittal with a secondary motion for a mistrial if the first motion was not granted. Carmichael stated problems the defense had with many pieces of evidence that had been accepted during testimony.

Selman denied both motions Tuesday afternoon.

Once the motions were denied, the jury re-entered the courtroom and Carmichael announced the defense would rest its case without calling any witnesses.

Once the jury was dismissed for the day, Carmichael again motioned for a judgment of acquittal with a motion of a mistrial if the acquittal was denied. Selman again denied both requests.