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March 21, 2013

Defense witnesses testify in Terrell Cole murder trial

On the day he turned himself in to face a first-degree murder charge, Terrell Cole spent his last hours of freedom with his parents and children, two witnesses testified Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court.

On the day he turned himself in to face a first-degree murder charge, Terrell Cole spent his last hours of freedom with his parents and children, two witnesses testified Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court.

The testimony was presented by the defense to counter prosecutors’ claims that on Jan. 24, 2011, Cole fired four shots into a house in the 2600 block of North Madison where two witnesses to the earlier shooting were staying.

Cole, 32, is charged with killing Andre Lovett, 30, on Jan. 19, 2011, during a botched robbery at a house at 1822 N. Minneapolis where several men had gathered to drink and gamble. As those inside the house were running from the scene, prosecutors said, Cole fired a shot that struck Lovett in the abdomen. He died the next day.

Among those testifying for the defense on Thursday was Cole’s mother, Teresa Cole, who said her son spent his final hours of freedom at her home in the 5000 block of Looman in northeast Wichita. He turned himself in at the Sedgwick County Jail late on the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2011.

The jury is expected to hear closing arguments and begin deliberations in the case on Friday.

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