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Testimony Underway in Double Murder Trial

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Lawton, Ok_Testimony began Monday in the first-degree double murder trial of Mica Martinez.  He's accused of beating Carl and Martha Miller to death in their home near Cache in October 2009.

The jurors heard three 9-1-1 recordings from the night of the murder.  One of them was from Martha Miller, herself.

The prosecution then called its star witness, the victims' son, Shawn Monk. He gave emotional and sometimes gruesome details of what happened the night he and his parents were attacked.

Jurors also heard a 9-1-1 call made by Monk, pleading for help, as he quietly told the dispatcher that Martinez was still in the house.  

Monk told jurors that he had fallen asleep around 9:00 p.m. the night before and was startled awake by loud voices and extremely graphic language.

He said he thought his father had left the television on but then realized that Martinez was brutally raping his mother. Monk testified that he immediately ran towards his mother's room and saw Martinez walking out.

Monk said he and Martinez then started a bloody battle that did not seem to end.  He told jurors that at one point, he had Martinez subdued and surprisingly calm.

Monk said he then managed to call 9-1-1 while Martinez smoked a cigarette.  Martinez could be heard loudly talking in the background of the 9-1-1 call. Monk testified that Martinez was apologizing for the attack.

Monk said he then walked into a different room so Martinez would not hear that police were on their way. That's when Monk said Martinez stormed in and threw a barbell at his head then savagely beat him with the butt of a rifle.

Monk, who stands five-feet-six inches tall, to Martinez' six-feet-two-inch frame, said in spite of being badly outsized, he managed to outmuscle Martinez just as deputies arrived.

The deputies told jurors that the scene was so bloody; they initially could not tell who had been attacked and who the attacker was.

Monk said his horror did not end there.  His mother died in a hospital just a few hours later and his father several days after that.

The prosecution said they're relying on witness testimony and indisputable evidence to make their case. 

The defense says this is a case of intent, which must be proven in first-degree murder. They're arguing that Martinez went the Miller's home to burglarize, not kill them.  They say Martinez was heavily intoxicated at the time, which clouded his mind. 

His attorneys also said if he had wanted to kill them he could have shot them in their home.  

Jurors also heard testimony from Martinez' father. It was his gun that was used in the violent attack. Testimony is expected to resume tomorrow morning.  

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