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Day three of in-law slaying trial: Defendant cries out

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Lonnie Ragan cried out in court today, March 5, saying, "I'm innocent until proven guilty!"

It is day three of the in-law slaying murder trial, where Ragan is accused of murdering his sister-in-law, Holly Hearn, and wounding his brother-in-law, Ryan Hearn, in front of small children.

Several investigators have taken the stand this morning. Sgt. Lance Deaton with the Columbus Police Department found the murder weapon, along with explosives, in Harris County. He also spoke about the items found at Ragan's home in Talbot County.

"The black powder, BBs, and 32 caliber bullets were actually contained inside a pill bottle," said Deaton. "That's how the explosives were manufactured. So those items became important to us. That's why we took those items. They're in the search warrant. We also recovered some black trash bags that, again, [were] consistent with the ones that we recovered the weapon and the explosive devices in."

Defense Attorney Bill Mason says the charges stemming from those items should not apply in this trial, because they were not found in Muscogee County.

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne will be tweeting live from inside the courtroom while court is in session. You may follow her here: https://twitter.com/BrittanyD_WTVM.

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