Defense begins in Huntington murder case


    On Wednesday the defense began presenting their case in Micah LeMaster's murder trial. (WCHS/WVAH photo)

    On Wednesday the defense began presenting their case in Micah LeMaster's murder trial.

    LeMaster is the Huntington man accused of shooting Josh Martin in March of 2015.

    Martin was high on drugs and mushrooms when he started banging on the door of the LeMaster home in the middle of the night.

    Elizabeth Mott, LeMaster's wife, was the first witness for the defense.

    She testified that it appeared like multiple people were trying to break into her house, adding she believed Martin could have forced her front door open.

    “I had to get my weapon because the door was shaking. This person I was convinced was going to come through the door any second and I had to do something to defend myself,” Mott said.

    Later, Mott had her own encounter with Martin.

    As he was coming towards her with a look of anger she fired two shots at him but did not hit him. The trial may continue into next week.

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