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Testimony underway in Marie Warren murder trial

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LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/07/12) - The trial is now underway for the man accused of murdering 86-year-old Marie Warren in Lapeer County.

Marie Warren daughter took the stand Wednesday morning, along with her grandson.

In October of 2006, Marie's Warren's body was found by horseback riders in Lapeer County's Deerfield Township.

Investigators say the 86-year-old woman was beaten - her body mutilated and dumped near a ditch on Five Lakes Road.

It took six years before they could charge Frank Choate with her murder. Prosecutors say a single strain of hair connects Choate to the crime.

His trial began Wednesday.

After prosecution and defense attorneys presented opening arguments, testimony began.

First on the stand was Marie Warren's daughter, Janet Brace.

She described the day she found out about her mother's murder.

"We were driving by my mother's house and there was police all over and yellow tape along the drive way, and my son's pick up was in the drive way and we were standing by the pickup. We stopped to see what was going on and we asked my son, and he said there was blood all over my grandmother's bedroom and we can't find her," Brace said.

Choate also faces other charges connected to a break-in at Warren's Deerfield Township home.

We will continue to follow the trial and have more information as it comes in.

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