Jury deliberations begin in Brent Burke trial

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - The case of a former Fort Campbell soldier accused of a double murder three years ago is now in the hands of a jury. Brent burke is accused in the murders of his ex wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer. The women were shot to death in Comer's Rineyville home on September 11, 2007.

The defense finished its closing statements in the double murder trial of Brent Burke Tuesday. Burke's attorneys questioned the timeline, saying Brent Burke's phone records show he was in Clarksville, TN, until 1:29 a.m. eastern time and wouldn't have had enough time to drive to Rineyville, commit the murders, and get back to Clarksville.

Burke's attorney also questioned the estimated time of death. The death certificate says approximately 3 a.m. The defense argues it was closer to 10 p.m., noting that Tracy Burke stopped responding to text messages around that time.

The defense also argued that there were problems with the investigation, including whether the three shell casings found by the cleaning crew were authentic. During the trial, Judge Janet Coleman threw out the 2007 interview between Det. Larry Walker and Brent Burke saying investigators should have read Burke his Miranda rights.

This is the sixth week of the trial. The prosecution is giving its closing arguments. The jury is expected to begin deliberations later in the day.

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