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10/17/03

Victim's Widow Says Roberts Trial a "Circus"

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The trial continued in the Low Country today for Tyree Roberts, the man accused of killing two Beaufort County sheriff's deputies in the line of duty. One of the deputies' widows says Roberts is making this trial a joke. "I didn't get to say goodbye to my husband," said DJ Coursen. "All I wanted was a fair trial. I'm not even getting a trial. I'm getting a circus."

From the start, Roberts has claimed law enforcement officers planted evidence on him, trying to frame him for the murders. Today was no different. Roberts put a number of witnesses on the stand, trying to prove law enforcement used his baby with Kimberly Blake as a leverage for her testimony against him.

Then Roberts called Bobby Rigby to the stand. Police also questioned Rigby in connection with the murders, but later let him go. But today, while he was on the stand, Roberts implied Rigby killed the deputies. Now the victims' families are hoping the trial will end with a conviction.

"All we can do is get the person that did this off the streets, in a place where he won't do it to anyone else," said Coursen. "After that, it's in God's hands." She told us after this trial is over, she plans on becoming a big activist for victims' rights and is hoping no one else will have to go through what she has.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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