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Gwathney murder case to go to jurors Wednesday

Lawyers defending Gordan Randall Gwathney rested their case Tuesday, clearing the way for jury deliberations to begin Wednesday in Gwathney's triple murder trial.

Gwathney, accused of killing three family members, on Monday blamed post-traumatic stress from military service in Somalia for his actions as he took the stand in his own defense at his capital murder trial.

On the stand Monday, Gwathney described watching a young Somali boy being blown up on the side of the road. Gwathney said he's been on medication to treat the stress, but still dreams about the boy's death.

During his testimony, Gwathney didn't deny killing the three. He told prosecutors he didn't know why the disorder would lead to violence years after his service.

Gwathney is accused of the February 2007 slayings of his mother-in-law, 51-year-old Sylvia Reeves, at her home on Arkansas 261 in Lee County, and her parents 81-year-old J.O. Mitchell and 79-year-old Evelyn Mitchell. He also is accused of the attempted murder of his brother-in-law, Travis Reeves, and a former St. Francis County Sheriff's deputy.

Prosecutors ended their case against Gwathney Monday, after calling several witnesses, including Lisa Reeves, Gwathney's estranged wife.

After four days of jury selection, proceedings in the trial have moved swiftly.

Gwathney could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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