State, Defense Rest in Wilbert Smith’s Capital Murder Trial

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday afternoon, the state rested its case in the capital murder trial of Wilbert Smith.  The defense then also rested its case without calling a single witness.  Closing arguments are expected to begin later this afternoon.

The shooting happened in 2008 at a home on Hester Lane, which is near Pulaski Pike.  Smith is accused of killing B.J. Peterson and Ronnie Pugh, Junior.

The Madison County District Attorney’s office is not seeking the death penalty.

Attorney Bruce Gardner is representing Smith.

Family members of the victim sat directly across the room from Smith during jury selection, one wiping her eyes and glaring at Smith.