Terrell Co. Estep murder trial ends in acquittal

Terrell Co. Estep murder trial ends in acquittal
The courtroom (Source: WALB)
The courtroom (Source: WALB)
Pataula Circuit D. A. Ron S. Smith (Source: WALB)
Pataula Circuit D. A. Ron S. Smith (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - A murder trial concluded Thursday in Dawson for Christopher Estep, who was accused of intentionally hitting his wife with a car and killing her in September of 2016.

According to Estep's attorney Wilbur T. Gamble, Estep was found not guilty on all counts on Thursday.

Estep was tried on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. His wife was Sandra Annmarie Morales Estep.

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Gamble said it was a "tragic accident, not a crime."

On Thursday in court, attorneys asked if the wife could have been hit by the driver's side mirror, knocked down, and run over.

"No. And here's the reason why," said Licensed Engineer Michael Bosworth. "You have the cling mark that's up higher on the door, and you have the hand that's up higher on the door. Thus, if she was hit by the mirror and knocked over, she would have been laying on the ground, and those two marks would not have been created. So she had to be vertical and falling at that time. If you follow the marks, it all makes sense."

The couple was staying at a hunting camp off Catherine Lane in Terrell County when it happened.

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