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12/11/06

Chatham County Inmate Back on the Stand

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The trial resumes today in the case against the three men on trial for murdering 19-year-old Jennifer Ross last Christmas Eve. The accused are Michael Thorpe, Webster Wilson and Kevin Huckabee.

This morning, Jonathan Tolbert was back on the stand. On Friday he testified that he helped Huckabee and Thorpe steal a gray Ford Taurus from Savannah Toyota. Prosecutors say that was the getaway car used when the defendants robbed and shot Ross.

Tolbert also testified he was with Huckabee, Wilson, Thopre and Thorpe's uncle Sean Thorpe and a few other friends shortly after the shooting. Tolbert said Michael Thorpe said he "shot the girl."

Tolbert is currently an inmate at the Chatham County jail. Last week, many of the other inmates at the jail were watching this trial live on Court TV. Prosecutors told the judge some inmates were threatening to harm anyone who testifies in this case. Now the Court TV channel is blocked at the jail.

Still Tolbert was reluctant to answer some question about with whom he was after the shooting.

The jury was led into the courtroom at 9:31am, and court is now back in session. The trial is expected to last through the week.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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