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Farmers find alleged double murder weapon

Some farmers near Americus are responsible for finding a key piece of evidence in a double murder trial this week.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 6:56 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 6:56 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Prosecutors said they have the weapon Franco Navarrete, 50, allegedly used to kill his wife's mother and brother in August of 2017.

Some farmers near the Wabash River were picking up debris in their field when they found a rusted gun that appeared to have washed up during a flood. It's also possible someone threw the gun in that spot too.

On Wednesday, jurors heard from one of those farmers about how she found it. The jury has yet to hear why prosecutors believe that gun is the one used in the double murder. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the jury heard a 911 recording of Navarrete calling the police hours after the murders at a rest stop in White County.

Navarrete told them he needed to go to jail and asked for a state trooper to come to the rest stop.

When police got there, they found a white four-door Nissan covered with blood on the passenger side.

At the beginning of the trial, prosecutors told the jury that the blood on the white car would later prove to belong to one of the victims.

However, jurors have yet to hear testimony about the results of DNA testing, it should be part of testimony on Thursday.

In order for the jury to see where the victims were when they were shot, prosecutors showed police body camera footage of the scene.

It was emotional for the family of the victims sitting in the courtroom. They held each other and cried as they watched the footage. 

However, Franco Navarrete didn't show emotion as he turned to watch the screen.

News 18 will continue covering Navarrete's jury trial on Thursday and have the latest on News 18 at noon, five and six.

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