Murder Trial Continues

September 29, 2003 -- Posted at 6:59 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Monday was the fifth day of the Joel Holloway murder trial in Jonesboro for the shooting death of his cousin's wife, 33 year old Tracy Holloway. The proceedings began with the testimony of Dr. Charles Kokes, an associate medical examiner for the state crime lab. The prosecution was focused on proving that Holloway's psychotic behavior is caused by his admitted methamphetamine abuse.

Dr. Kokes quoted from medical books that chronic use of methamphetamine use could cause psychosis.  He went on to say that a user could have a tendency to paranoia and a tendency to carry weapons.

During cross examination defense attorney Dr. Harry Rein tried to discredit Kokes' medical sources by introducing a publication from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that states there's only anecdotal evidence that methamphetamine use causes parania.

The trial continues Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro.