Defense: Welty stuck with story

Associated Press - February 11, 2009 1:44 PM ET

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A lawyer for a southeast Missouri boy accused of murder says the child never changed his story, never tried to hide anything, and never gave any indication he had anything to do with the fatal shooting of his neighbor.
Testimony continued Wednesday in the second-degree murder trial for Owen Welty. He was just 13 in 2006 when he was accused of killing his 64-year-old Stoddard County neighbor, Don McCollough.
Detective Trevor Pulley testified about an online chat between Welty and a family friend on the day of the shooting that offered a possible motive: McCullough suspected Welty of killing his bull.
Welty told detectives he was turkey hunting and fired a shot, but not in McCollough's direction.
Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum accused authorities of rushing to judgment without anything indicating Welty committed the crime.

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