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Trial wraps up in Dillon County for man accused of murdering elderly woman

DILLON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - After two days of hearing testimony at the new Dillon County Judicial Center, 14 jurors now have to decide whether or not to find a man guilty for a second time.

Damien Inman faces charges of murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy and first-degree burglary in the death of 75-year-old Mary Alice Stutts.

He was previously convicted, however, the defense said there was an error in the jury selection process and Inman was granted a retrial.

Witnesses including people who saw Inman in the hours after the alleged murder, Dillon County Sheriff's Office detectives and others took the stand Wednesday.

The key witness in the case is a man who was in jail with Inman and his brother Lorenzo, who is serving life in prison for Stutts' murder. That man said the brothers admitted on separate occasions to being involved in the crime. He said Damien Inman confessed to shooting Stutts himself.

Assistant Solicitor Shipp Daniel said the prosecution believes Inman shot Stutts.

However, witnesses, such as a SLED agent, testified Tuesday saying there were no fingerprints or DNA connecting Inman to the crime scene.

"This whole case is based upon testimony," said Thurmond Brooker, Inman's defense attorney. "This whole case is based upon the reliability and the believability of the statements that have been presented."

Inman did make a statement to law enforcement that he was at the scene, however, he said he had been threatened to be there and did not shoot Stutts.

Inman did not testify during the trial.

Jury deliberations will resume 10 a.m. Thursday.

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