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Family members take stand in murder trial

By Joe Gragg
Published On: Jan 27 2011 04:32:49 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2011 04:33:19 AM CST
Dale Larkin in court

Family members took the stand today in the first degree murder trial of a Johnson City man accused of killing his wife.

Terri Larkin died back in 2003. Her body was found in the bathtub in her home. She was believed to be an accident victim but the case was reopened two years ago and a second autopsy revealed that she'd received more than 20 bruises.

The victim's cousin testified that 55-year-old Dale Larkin told his mother about the events leading up to his wife's death.

"She said well, was there any water in the bathtub and he said yes, there was water in the bathtub," said James McCoy. "He said she had had a glass of wine and took a pain pill, maybe even two, and he didn't know what happened."

"He stated that he had just got out of the bathtub, that he had just taken a bath with her and left her and she was fine," said Jason Painter. "I said, how long has it been since you have seen her and he said approximately 15 minutes."

Larkin faces life in prison if convicted. The defense is expected to get their chance to present evidence on Friday.