Meece Trial Continues

Wednesday morning Sept. 6, 2006, prosecutors rested and the defense began its case in the William Henry Meece murder trial.

Meece is accused of murdering Veterinarian Joseph Wellnitz, his wife Beth and son Dennis at their Columbia home in 1993.
Meece and his then girlfriend Margaret Wellnitz-Appleton originally admitted to the murders, but later recanted their stories.

Before the trial resumed Wednesday, the judge excused two jurors. One, he said, was involved in a car accident, and the other is in the hospital.

The defense called several people to the stand Wednesday. Its first witness, a weather expert, was not there.

During opening statements, the defense said weather will be a factor for the jury in making a determination in the case.

The victim's daughter, Margaret Wellnitz-Appleton was among those who took the stand Wednesday. Meece is also supposed to testify later in the trial.

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