Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 5, 2014

State witness denies making sex tape with Click

WELCH — Doctor William Manion, a practicing pathologist who served as an expert witness for the defense, testified this afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of Earl Click that in his opinion War Mayor Dr. Thomas C. Hatcher died as a result of natural causes.

“I couldn’t call this a homicide,” Manion testified.

During the state’s rebuttal, Misty Laws, the woman who Earl Click said he made a sex tape with at the time of Mayor Tom Hatcher’s death, denied making any tape with him. She also denied smashing the tape in front of Click’s mother, Tammy Shortridge.

“The first day she said she was going to whoop my (butt). And ask her why a married woman was leading her son on,” Laws testified. “She never said anything about a tape.”

Circuit Court Judge Booker T. Stephens will read the jury its charge at 1:15 p.m. before closing arguments.

Click  is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2012 death of long-time War Mayor Thomas Clark Hatcher.

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