WATCH: Verdict reached in Donald Hartung trial

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — 5:30 p.m.: Donald Hartung found x of murdering his 3 family members

12:44 p.m. The judge is now reading jury instructions. After he is finished, the jury will go to lunch and then start deliberations. Stay tuned for the verdict.

12:15 p.m. During its rebuttal, the state focused on refuting the defense’s claim that no one else was investigated other than Hartung. The state said Hartung was the prime suspect because he was the last person to see his family alive.

“(The defense says) it could be anybody,” Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen said. “No, it could only be him.”

Noon: The defense has finished its closing arguments. Attorney Michael Griffith stated the scientific evidence in the case would mean his client, Donald Hartung, was not guilty of murdering his family. The state will now have a chance for rebuttal.

“The science does not support in anyway the state’s contention that Donald Harting killed his family,” Griffith said.

11:00 a.m. — The defense tells the jury they should disregard questioning regarding the Wiccan religion during Hartung’s interrogation. There’s no evidence to connect Wicca to the murders, Griffith said.

10:40 a.m. The defense points out that Hartung, without hesitation, voluntary waived his rights to an attorney while being questioned by police. Griffith says Hartung also voluntarily agreed to have his DNA taken and submit to a lie detector test.

10:35 a.m. The defense has started their closing arguments. Defense attorney Michael Griffith told the jury to not fall into the state’s “fantasy,” and only stick to the facts in the case.

10 a.m. The state reminds the jury of witness testimony, especially Marlin Purifoy’s testimony. Purifoy, who met Hartung in the Escambia County jail, testified Hartung confessed to the murders.

9:45 a.m. — The state has gone over an alleged timeline they say were the events that led up to the killings of Bonnie, John and Richard Smith.

9:15 a.m. — The state has started their closing arguments. The state says the evidence shows that Hartung killed his family because they had money and he knew it.

9 a.m. — Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments in the trial of Donald Hartung. Hartung is accused of murdering his mother and two brothers back in July of 2015. Authorities say Hartung murdered his family over money, the defense says there’s no evidence of that. On Tuesday the defense rested its case.


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