It was day four in the James "eddy" Clements trial...and this afternoon, the accused gunman took the stand.
Richard Sybert testified to killing Joni Clements in February of 2011.
Austin Lewis was there for his testimony...and has more.
< Richard Sybert said Eddy Clements gave him a key to the couple's home...
and he says he used that key to walk right in.
Richard Sybert said inside...he told Joni Clements...he had a key...from her husband.
He told jurors that he did that to keep Joni calm...but once she saw the gun she said Oh my god don't shoot me. ...And offered him money.
He said that he told her to go up the stairs...where she once again begged for her life...he told jurors that I couldn't listen to that one more time so I shot her four times.
But he also clearly implicated Clements...for hiring him.
He said, "that's why all three of us are here cause I confessed. I'm a man. That's a coward right there", gesturing to Clements.
At the end of Richard Sybert's testimony...Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig showed him what investigators say was the murder weapon.
He told Sybert to look at the gun...and Sybert was visibly upset...and said he didn't want to see it.
Then the defense got their chance to talk to cross-examine Richard Sybert.
Franklin Hogue asked Sybert about inconsistencies between today's testimony....and earlier interviews with law enforcement.
One of those inconsistencies....Sybert reporteldy told a Florida Detective that he killed Joni Clements because Eddy Clements and his father threatened to kill his younger brother Jonathan Sybert.
Sybert did not mention that when he testified for the prosecution today.
But when Hogue questioned....Richard Sybert said yes...that was one reason he killed Joni.
` I'll have more on this at 11 pm. >
Bibb County has two finalists to run its troubled animal shelter... But the controversy about shelter leadership isn't over.
Records show one of the contenders...left his job under less than ideal circumstances.
Richard Rice is a former vice president of the Atlanta Humane Society.
He left his job this spring after Fox 5 in Atlanta reported that the society failed to report hundreds of parvo cases.
A statement posted on the humane society web site in May says....quote....
"The internal investigation that focused on the Department of Agriculture not receiving contagious disease reports from Atlanta Humane Society is complete. Richard Rice is no longer an Atlanta Humane Society active employee."
Bibb County search committee chairman Lonzy Edwards would not comment on Rice as a candidate.
The other finalist is Sarah Tenon...Supervisor of the Mobile, Alabama County Animal Shelter..
County commissioners say they'll be ready to name a new director next month.
Meanwhile, the Bibb County Animal Shelter is open again...after its own parvo problems.
A parvo case forced shelter workers to euthanize a dog...and close the shelter for cleanup yesterday.
But the shelter says a state inspector cleared them to reopen this afternoon.
This weekend, friends of Houston teen Kyle Hillock, who was killed in an accident this week, will release balloons in his memory.
The ceremony will take place at noon Saturday...at the student parking lot at Veterans High School.
Anyone who wants to take part...can decorate their own balloons with a personal message written on them.
The 17 year old Hillock was killed Monday in a crash with a tractor trailer at Thompson Mill Road and Highway 96 in Houston County.
Tropical storm Isaac isn't just threatening land with high winds and heavy rain...