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Prosecutors Bring Up Conspiracy As Weems’ Murder Trial Begins

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of Ronald Weems in Colbert County, but not before the state and defense outlined their versions of what happened to cause the death of Amanda Taylor on October 17, 2011.

During the state's opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Kyle Brown stated Weems and Taylor conspired to steal nearly $11,000 in child support money from Laurel Pruett.

According to Brown, on October 6, 2011, Taylor took a fake ID, Social Security card and a stolen child support check and opened a bank account in Pruett's name.  Brown contends Weems was in on the plot the whole time.

According to prosecutors, by October 17, Pruett had found out about the stolen check and was going to police.  That's when prosecutors say Weems became worried about being found out and silenced Taylor by strangling her.

Defense attorney John McKelvey denies Weems had any knowledge of the conspiracy, and said Amanda Taylor was killed during a fight in self-defense.

McKelvey did say during opening statements that Weems does admit to dismembering Taylor's body and dumping it.

The state called several witnesses on Tuesday morning, building their case for the conspiracy theory.  More testimony is expected this afternoon.