Thursday, March 11, 2004

Lawyers sift evidence in Watkins shooting

The Cincinnati Enquirer

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Attorneys for the man accused in a deadly shooting spree at Watkins Motor Lines spent Wednesday afternoon in a police property room searching bags and boxes of evidence.

After more than three hours, defense attorney Noah Powerssaid, his team barely scratched the surface.

He said the evidence is relevant to defendant Tom West's state of mind at the time of the November 2003 shootings.

"It's certainly going to play a key role in what our decisions are," Powers said.

The defense has until April 30 to decide whether West will change his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity. He faces two counts of aggravated murder and four counts of attempted murder.

The evidence included shell casings, clothing worn by the victims, and other items found at the crime scene. Attorneys also searched West's van.

Powers said West kept his possessions in the van, including medical, employment, military and tax records.

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