Levi King Trial: Day Three - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/8/09

Levi King Trial: Day Three

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Day three of testimony in the capital murder trial of Levi King has wrapped up.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty last week to murdering Brian Conrad, his pregnant wife Michell, and her teenage son Zach Doan in September 2005 at their Pampa farmhouse.  Michell's daughter 10-year-old Robin Doan was the only survivor.   

King faces life in prison or the death penalty. After the Pampa murders, King fled to Mexico in the maroon truck that he stole from a couple in Missouri after he murdered them.

As he was re-entering the United States, on the evening of September 30th, an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection noticed the maroon truck because of how close it was to the car in front of it. When the agent approached King, he told the jury, the defendant seemed very nervous and shaky, and King provided the agent with Brian Conrad's id.

When King could not correctly identify the birthday on the id, the agent asked him if he had any firearms, and King said he did and that it was loaded. The agent says he then handcuffed King and took him into custody with no resistance.

Another U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent described King as calm, cool, and collected. When asked who was in the picture id, he said it was his brother, and some family members in the courtroom cringed.

A third customs agent that questioned King, described his demeanor as calm and nonchalant, and said that when he looked at you, he had an evil stare.  The defense argued that was nowhere in the agent's original statement.

Once King was in custody at the Bridge of Americas in El Paso, his name was entered into a database and agents found there was an active warrant for his arrest, for a double homicide in Pineville, Missouri.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection found four loaded firearms in the truck, and those were presented as evidence in court on Tuesday.

Last to take the stand on Tuesday were two El Paso detectives.

King was questioned by detectives, and that video tape was presented to the jury late this afternoon. In the interview, King confessed to killing the Missouri couple after fighting about stray horses. King said he grabbed a gun off a table, killed the couple, and fled in their maroon truck.

Trial will resume Wednesday at 8:00 am.

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