Testimony ends in Socastee murder trial

By A.J. Ross - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Both the prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases Friday afternoon in the trial of Asghar Eliaderani, the man accused of killing his wife inside their Socastee Mini Mart in March 2008.

Prosecutors called Eliaderani's longtime mentor as their last witness. He testified that Eliaderani called and left him a voicemail shortly before his wife was found dead.

Eliaderani was visably upset as the recorded message was played in court.  On the tape he can be heard saying, "I'm dying and my wife she's gonna die, I want you to take care of my kids, making sure they have a good education."

During cross examination, Russell Long, Eliaderani's attorney, pointed out that at no point on the recording did his client say he had even touched his wife, and there is no physical evidence to support these claims.

Long then called two character witnesses to the stand, including Eliaderani's neighbor and a family friend.  Cheryl Frail, who has known the family for years, testified that Eliaderani's greatest pride was his family.

"You couldn't have seen any bigger person walking around with his chest out as he talked about his wife and his children daily," said Frail.

Eliaderani's pastor, Darren Squires agreed.

"He loves his kids he keeps saying that over and over everytime I talk with him," said Squires.  "He says that I hate that I've not only lost my wife I've lost my kids."

The defense asked for a directive verdict on the grounds that there is not enough evidence to prove Eliaderani is guilty.  But the judge denied their request.  The jury is expected to hear closing arguments and diliberate the case on Monday.

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