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Testimony continues in second-degree murder trial of Zachary Bench

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

 Slowly but surely, prosecutors are revealing the bits of evidence they expect will tell the story of how one man was murdered by another in the Starks area.

As a second day of testimony neared its end, jurors saw bits of surveillance video from various locations in the Starks area. Screen shots showed Jody Barlow and  Zachary Bench at various locations around Starks on Aug. 25, 2015 - the last day Barlow was seen alive.

There are also surveillance pictures of Bench's girlfriend, Elizabeth Demarest, purchasing first-aid supplies at the Dollar General on Aug. 26.

Barlow's truck, trailer and side-by-side were eventually discovered in a wooded area - completely burned.

Jurors have also seen crime scene photos, including gruesome ones of Barlow's body. He had been shot to death in the back of the neck and six times in the face, according to opening statements.

There were also photos of the vehicles, so badly burned they were but shells.  And there were photos of items such as a cigarette butt said to have Bench's DNA on it.

Bench is accused of second-degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice.

Many of the witnesses have been on the stand for a short amount of time, as each provides a piece of the picture that the state is putting together about what happened to Barlow. The trial resumes Thursday morning.

KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is covering the trial in the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow her coverage.

For more about the homicide and arrests, click HERE and HERE.

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