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Unexpected turn in Joseph Banis murder trial

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Joseph Banis did not take the stand in his own defense during his murder trial. Joseph Banis did not take the stand in his own defense during his murder trial.
Jeffrey Mundt testified against his former partner. Jeffrey Mundt testified against his former partner.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The defense representing accused murderer Joseph Banis rested its case on Wednesday without putting Banis on the stand.

Defense attorney Justin Brown told jurors in opening statements that Banis would testify. After calling just three witnesses, Brown unexpectedly rested his case.

Banis faces the death penalty if he's convicted of murdering Jamie Carroll in December 2008, then stuffing Carroll's body in a 50-gallon Rubbermaid bin and burying it in the basement of his Old Louisville home.

Banis's ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Mundt is also charged. He testified against Banis. He told jurors Banis slit Carroll's throat with a knife, then shot him twice. Mundt told jurors he helped bury Carroll's body because Banis threatened his life.

Closing arguments begin Thursday morning.

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