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Second-degree murder trial continues: Jurors watch video of detectives' interview with Bench

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Jody Barlow was shot seven times according to testimony from the coroner, as the trial of Zachary Bench continues in State District Court.

As the third day of testimony neared an end, jurors heard recorded conversations between Bench and his mother after his arrest and once he was in jail. During one call, his mother is distraught and urges him to "take a deal" if one is offered because she doesn't have money to hire an attorney.

Earlier jurors heard from DNA expert Monica Quaal from the SWLA Crime lab, who testified about DNA evidence that put Bench and Barlow together - and that a cigarette butt found near Barlow's body was found to have Bench's DNA on it.

Jurors also heard from Calcasieu Coroner Dr. Terry Welke who said  Barlow died of multiple gunshot wounds. Welke testified Barlow was shot in the head seven times - first in the back, five times on the right side of his face and once on the top of his head, as though someone were shooting down at him. 

Jurors also saw photos of Barlow's wounds taken at the coroner's office.

During cross-examination of Welke, the defense brought out that Barlow had numerous drugs in his system, most of which Welke said would be prescribed by a psychiatrist.

Earlier, jurors watched a lengthy video of deputies interviewing Bench after Barlow's body had been discovered.  Deputies led Bench to believe they were investigating a missing person when they were really investigating a homicide.

At the end of the interview, they admitted to Bench that they knew Barlow was dead and that they know he was the last one to see him. And deputies warned Bench his story did not match up with his mother's and that hiding facts would only compound his problems.

Still, Bench repeatedly denied having anything to do with Barlow's disappearance or death.

KPLC's Theresa Schmidt has been providing updates from the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow her live coverage.

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