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State prosecutors rest in death cover-up trial

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The state has rested its case and the defense is now bringing in witnesses in the case of a woman charged with concealing a man's death.

The defense says the prosecution has not proved that Kim Moretz helped to cover up Charlie Ray's death.

A forensic pathologist was the first to take the stand Thursday morning. Investigators found part of Ray's body in the Rincon home of Moretz and her husband Chad Moretz and in a Lowcountry storage unit.

The gruesome trial involving body parts and a standoff is being heard in Effingham County. Dr. Edmund Donoghue testified about conducting the autopsy of Ray's head and hands that were severed.

Donoghue told the jury that Ray had mutlitple stab wounds to the head. Ray also had wounds on his hands that indicated he was trying to defend himself when he was being attacked.

An investigator with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also testified about finding the rest of Ray's body at the Coastline Storage in Hardeeville, S.C.

The defense claims Chad Moretz threatened his wife to not say anything to police and that he physically and mentally abused her. 

Officers shot and killed Chad Moretz in a standoff at the Rincon house. 

The defense brought in several witnesses to the stand, including Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie to show the jury that Effingham County investigators believed Moretz had been abused physically and mentally by her husband.

Defense attorney Michael Schavonie referenced an interview WTOC did in 2013 with Sheriff Mcduffie.

"[did you tell the press] Moretz was a ticking time bomb, Moretz finally exploded with the death of Charlie Ray?"

"According to that I did," said McDuffie.  

The trial continues Friday at 8:45 a.m. The judge says he expects they will have closing arguments.

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