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Jurors see knife used in killings
Prosecutors claim Dodsons were asleep
TBI agent Lance Walker shows jurors the murder weapon used to kill Gary and Gail Dodson, an 8-inch knife that was left at the scene. His testimony came Monday afternoon in the trial of Bryan Cooke.
Bryan Cooke's fate remained in limbo Tuesday night after prosecutors presented two days of evidence he stabbed his in-laws, Gary and Gail Dodson, to death. Jurors will begin deliberation Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. following two days of testimony in which prosecutors painted Cooke, 41, as a premeditated killer.Prosecutors are asking jurors to find Cooke guilty of first-degree murder, while his defense is hoping for a conviction on lesser charges.Prosecutors say Cooke carefully plotted the crime before breaking into his in-law’s Fairview home while they slept on the night of June 28, 2015.“He snuck up to the couch where Gary Dodson was sleeping and plunged his blade 7 inches into the middle of his chest,” District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis told jurors, saying Cooke had stolen the knife from Walmart minutes before going to the Dodson residence. “There was no defense against his 8-inch chef’s blade.