Nichole Hannahs

Nowlin Guilty of Eight Counts

by Nichole Hannahs on December 19, 2011 at 6:04 am

Attorneys’ make their final statements in the murder trial of Terrell Nowlin in the death of 19-year-old Tyler Hardin.

Prosecutor Mike Haddox stressed to the jurors that they’re the sole judges of facts in the case and they’re the only ones who can judge the credibility of the witnesses. He told jurors that it was Terrell Nowlin who was made, upset and disappointed that Tyler Hardin was the father of  Markea, his wife’s daughter. Prosecutor Haddox said that there was no evidence that Heather Nowlin ever used the 9mm gun owned by Terrell.

"Terrell Nowlin took it upon himself to decide that Tyler Hardin was no longer going to be the father of Markea," said Prosecutor Mike Haddox. "Tyler Hardin was not going to be around to see Markea grow up. He took it upon himself and himself alone to make sure Markea would no longer experience the companionship of a father."

The defense continued their argument that clothing found in the car that tested negative for blood should have been tested to see who was wearing the clothing and if was worn when the Nowlin’s went back to the scene of the murder at Tipton Road.

Attorney Kirk McVay said that it wasn’t until they asked the evidence to be presented that the clothing was brought to court. They also believe, Heather, is the one that committed the crime.

"Heather’s capable of squeezing the trigger on a gun," said Defense Attorney Kirk McVay. "Heather knew where Terrell kept his gun."

Jury instruction took place at 1:00 Monday afternoon and then deliberations began. Terrell Nowlin is up on eight counts one of which is aggravated murder.