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Testimony begins in Rock County murder trial

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Stan Stricker
December 17, 2007

The first of the witnesses have taken the stand in the murder trial of Byron Stewart, who is accused of shooting 35-year-old Carlos Lak in Beloit last April.


The very first witness was Carlos Lak's ex-wife, Jennifer Lak. The prosecution showed a picture of Carlos Lak and his young daughter, as they apparently tried to build sympathy for the victim. The prosecution's second witness was Thomas Conner, who was with Stewart the night Lak was killed.


On the witness stand, Conner said he was just along for the ride and was so scared when they were leaving Lak's residence he couldn't even open the door.


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