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Accused murderer makes last minute decision to testify

Posted by wlpo on March 4, 2016

The last day in the trial of a man accused of killing an Ottawa truck wash owner is off to an unusual start.

Friday morning, William Horman’s lawyers rested their case without having anyone testify. Then Horman, the man State’s Attorney Brian Towne says beat Robert Dowd to death with a homemade club in April of last year, asked to read a statement to Judge H. Chris Ryan. Horman had decided that, although rejecting the idea throughout the trial, he in fact did want to testify on his own behalf.

His statement came after the jury saw a video Thursday of more than 3 hours of a police interview where Horman confessed to burning Dowd’s body after an altercation at Rob’s Washouts. Judge Ryan decided to allow Horman to take the stand, but only after lawyers for both sides can prepare to question him.

The trial is expected to conclude after closing arguments Friday afternoon.

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