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02/04/04

Trial Commences in Murder of Glennville Man

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A Tattnall County man is on trial for the murder of a Glennville man two years ago. Testimony started today in Tattnall County Court in the case against Stacy Durrence. He's accused of shooting Lee Woodcock on Easter Sunday, 2002, in Woodcock's driveway.

Investigators testified they found the shotgun used in the killing inside Durrence's home.

Woodcock was vice president of Glennville's Rotary Corporation and prosecutors say Durrence was a disgruntled employee. "In the presence of one of his good friends, he told that good friend that Lee Woodcock was the cause of all his trouble and he had to decide what he was going to do, said district attorney Tom Durden.

Woodcock's widow testified that she found her husband laying in the driveway just after he was shot.

Defense attorney Steve Beauvais says Durrence is guilty of the shooting but was suffering from untreated mental disorders at the time. "We're not going to dispute that," Beauvais said. "He was there. He committed the act."

Testimony in the case continues tomorrow.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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