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Day two of trial against man accused in 2012 home invasion

Nalakeio Bennett. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.) Nalakeio Bennett. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.)

Day two of testimony began on Tuesday morning in the trial of Nalakeio Bennett.   

Bennett is one of four men accused of breaking into Ira Beumer's house in February 2012. He is on trial for burglary resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement, and theft.

Prosecutors brought in six witnesses on Tuesday, one of them being Sharlae Murray, who is friends with the four men who authorities say broke into Beumer's home

Murray was questioned because Jeton Hall, Antwan Jenkins, Desmond Hogan, and Nalakeio Bennett showed up to her house before police say they went to Beumers. She was asked if there were guns in her house before they came over, and she said no.

Murray said there were guns once Nalakeio and Desmond showed up. Prosecutors presented a transcript of the conversation Murray had with police the night of the incident that says she told them Nalakeio had guns. On Tuesday, she said she wasn't sure who brought the guns.

Randy Chapman, the lead detective in the case, was also put on the stand. Chapman says he interviewed Nalakeio after the incident. Nalakeio told him he was in the car the whole time the others were inside Beumer's house. 

A man who towed the car involved in the accident, the paramedic who responded to the scene, and a special agent with the FBI Evansville office also testified.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

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