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Witnesses put Scheer near his home

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September 10, 2003

Macon-- Wednesday, the prosecution in Bill Scheer's murder retrial called two very important witnesses. A neighbor and a former assistant principal where Scheer taught math.

Bill Scheer sat quietly as neighbors, former students, and supervisors testify against him.

Celeste Kelley is the state's key witness against the man accused of murdering his father. She had a near collision with Scheer the morning that his father was killed.

"I exited my driveway and caught a glimpse of a car coming, and I slammed on the brakes and kind of skidded a little bit," Kelley said.

"Did you hit the car," asked D. A. Ken Hodges.

"No, I did not hit the car," she said.

"Did you recognize the driver of the car?"

"Yes, it was Bill Scheer," Kelley said.

Kelley says that was about 8:15 on the morning of September 13, 1990, the day the elder Scheer was killed.

Former assistant principal Katherine Landsen remembers seeing Scheer's car leave Monroe High School between 7:30 and 7:40 that morning.

"Did you clearly recognize the driver?" asked the D.A.

"Yes, it was Mr. Scheer," she replied.

The defense argued that Scheer could have been going to the store for cigarettes, and not to his home. His father's body was found in the house about 9:00AM.

GBI Special Agent Keith Howard testified: "Looking at those injuries, and the potential weapon of opportunity, when I compare that to other cases that I've seen, the lethality of that, it implies to me that the offender intended to kill this victim."

The GBI agents believe the crime scene was staged. The trial continues Thursday morning. Closing arguments are expected either Friday or Monday.

posted at 6:10PM by dave.miller@walb.com