PANAMA CITY - The state is introducing a lot of new evidence during the second trial of a local man accused of first degree murder. Prosecutors have called about two dozen witnesses to testify in the retrial of 55 year old Phillip Dean Brock.
One of the state's key witnesses today was Brock's own son.
Phillip Dean Brock is accused of shooting and beating 65-year-old Terry Brazil to death last December at his mobile home off Highway 167. During his first trial, jurors were deadlocked so the judge declared a mistrial.
This time prosecutors are focusing their efforts on Terry Brazil's love for collecting firearms, bullions, and coins. They say the theft of those items was Brock's motive for killing Brazil.
During cross examination, Brock's former girlfriends say they had never seen him with any collectible coins.
"Did he have coins in his house that you knew of," asked Kim Jewell, Defense Attorney for Brock.
"Not that I know of. Just the change, regular change, like you take out of your pocket, and put in your drawer," said Jean Marie Meyer, a former girlfriend of Brock.
Prosecution witnesses Brock first mentioned collectible items in December of 2012.
"He come over and ask Tim did he know anybody that wanted to buy some bullions and he said I don't know. He said he wanted to sell them for cash," said James Jones, a neighbor of Brock's.
The case broke wide open when investigators and Brock's son, Phillip Logan Brock, searched his father's property last month for additional evidence and found something in a sand filter.
"I took the twist tie off, dropped the neck down and pulled it open and there was a red towel and I went ahead and pulled the towel out and saw a bunch of silver," said Brock.
Brock's son says he tried to move the filter before, but didn't hear any coins jingling.
"It's not something you grab and throw around. It was a sand filter. I kind of assumed it was full of sand. Everyone I have ever seen is full," said Brock.
The state expects to wrap up its case Thursday afternoon. The trial should last until the end of the week.