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Forbes Murder Trial Day 6: Defense calls nine witnesses


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PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Nine witnesses took the stand Saturday in Curtis Forbes' trial, testifying in 30-year-old cold case murder, but the defense primarily focused on just two.

Forbes is accused of killing 18-year-old Marilyn McIntyre in March 1980.

Saturday, the defense called Lane McIntyre, Marilyn's husband, and questioned him about his whereabouts on the day she was killed.

According to the prosecution, the defense is trying to suggest that he could have killed McIntyre, instead of the defendant.

The other major witness called was an investigator who interrogated Forbes' wife, Deborah Forbes, last year.

At the time, Curtis Forbes had just been arrested, and according to testimony, Deborah Forbes was in a fragile state.

"[She was] scared, concerned, surprised," said Detective Jay Yerges, of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department.

Defense attorneys questioned the investigator about his use of ruses, or false pretenses during the interrogation, suggesting the detective had prompted a vulnerable woman to make a potentially case-defining observation: that Curtis Forbes had blood on his shirt when he came to visit Deborah shortly after Marilyn was killed.

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