Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen called about eight witnesses to the stand Wednesday in the Kendall Nickelson murder and bank robbery trial before the state rested its case.

The Ashley County jury heard from the state Medical Examiner, three other employees from the state crime lab, a bank customer, and three bank employees, including a teller who testified that Nickelson beat her in the face with his fist and demanded more money.

She suffered a broken nose in the attack and has had two facial surgeries, the most recent in March.

Nickelson, 27, of Brookhaven, Miss. is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and theft in the July 2010 shooting death of 58-year-old Donna J. Woodberry, of Crossett, and the robbery of a Crossett bank. Woodberry’s car was stolen and used as the getaway car in the bank robbery.

Nickelson’s co-defendant, Peter Harvey, 42, of Opelousas, La. was sentenced to life without parole in March after pleading guilty to murder, aggravated robbery and theft. Another co-defendant, Adrianne Green, 31, of Crossett, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on April 19 after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and theft.

The trial resumes Thursday at 9 a.m. when the defense will begin putting on its case.
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