02 - 03 - 2012 Accused murderer spends the day on the stand in J.-Co. trial
(LS) Brenda Smith, who is defending a 1st degree murder charge, was on the witness stand most of yesterday testifying in her own defense. Smith told the jury she believed her daugher had become withdrawn over recent years due to mental & physical abuse by Micahel Hockenberry, her son-in-law, whom she is accused of fatally shooting on Sept. of 2010. Smith told the jury of bruises she saw on her daughter on more than one occasion & of Hockenberry's frequent angry outburts from a bad temper. The is expected to hear closing arugument today & begin deliberations soon after.