Jackson County Jury to Decide Murder Case

June 15, 2004 -- Posted 6:10 p.m. CDT

Newport -- A Jackson County man stands trial for 1st Degree Murder.

40 year old Michael Myers of Newport is charged with stabbing his step father, 66 year old Gene West on the night of October 20, 2003.

The case against 40 year old Michael Myers began in swift fashion on Tuesday morning, as a jury of 12 were selected, and opening arguments began all before a recess for lunch.

Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce is arguing that on the night of October 20th of last year, Myers stabbed his step father Gene West 4 times with 2 knives, after an argument in which Myers was told to move out of West's house.

One police official testified for the state that when he approached the house on the night of the murder, Myers' mother Peggy West was shouting he killed my husband.

During the State's case prosecutors also showed jurors 2 taped interviews Myers had with the Newport Police Department a few days after the incident.

During the interviews Myers had stated, "he kept coming after me."

Later Myers said, "that is self defense."

During the 2nd interview with police, Myers admitted to having had a half a pint of whisky and about 30 zanax that night, and if not for the 2 substances he wouldn't have stabbed his step father.

The state and defense have rested their cases.

As for jurors, they have been handed instructions and will begin deliberating on Wednesday.