Day Four, Levi King

Today began with several detectives taking the witness stand. Some of them were from Missouri, others from Texas, and some of them were the ones who worked the actual crime scene in Pampa.

The Deputy Sheriff from McDonald, County, Missouri also took the stand today. He was the one who worked the crime scene regarding the two people Levi King admitted to murdering several hours prior to the Pampa shootings. The Deputy said he had lived in McDonald County nearly all of his life and had interactions with Levi in the past for previous offenses.   A second interview tape was then played for the courtroom. This time it was the interview that took place in Missouri with the Deputy Sheriff and several other local officials. This confession is slightly different than the one that was played for the courtroom on Tuesday. In today's tape, we heard King say that he broke into the McCool home in Missouri through the back window. He walked around their house for a while, he said, and hid in the closet until they came home. He then said he jumped out of the closet and killed them both by shooting them. He then said he stole their truck and headed in the general direction of Texas.

If you'll remember, the confession that was played in the courtroom on Tuesday, King said he was invited into the McCool home, things got heated and then he fired his gun, killing them. King's attorney says the important thing to remember is that both stories end with a murder confession, proving, he said, that King has been cooperative and polite to authorities the entire time, and therefore does not deserve the death penalty for the Pampa murders. The prosecutor called a Texas Ranger investigator to the stand, though, who says something quite different. He said King was not always cooperative. When he traveled to Missouri to talk with King about the Pampa shootings, he said King refused to speak with him.

King's defense team was actively involved in the punishment phase of the trial today. They showed the witnesses and the jury several photographs of King's childhood home. They say it was a place so horrendous that it made King into the man he is today. They say it was not only physically falling apart and filled with trash, but it was a place where King was introduced to drugs at a very young age. Another witness contradicted these statements. He said he had been to the King house several times and does not remember it being that bad. He said he never saw knives stuck in the wall, bottles filled with urine on the front porch, or evidence of drug use. These were all things the defense says were/are present inside the home.