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Jurors view graphic imagery in Clark County murder trial

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Garreth Stephens (left) and Jared Sowders (right) shake hands outside the courtroom. Garreth Stephens (left) and Jared Sowders (right) shake hands outside the courtroom.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jurors are seeing graphic images of the victim and scene in a southern Indiana murder trial.

Jared Sowders and Garreth Stephens are both on trial for the murder of 48-year old Steven Baldwin.

Prosecutors say the two killed Baldwin in March of last year during a home invasion in Clark County. The murder trial for the two men started last week.

On Monday, a detective who was second on the scene took the witness stand to describe photographs of the scene to the jury.

After several days of testimony, defense attorneys are pretty confident in the murder trial of Jared Sowders and Garreth Stephens.

"I couldn't be any more confident, we're in the 5th day of trial and I have yet to hear one shred of evidence that Garreth Stephens did anything," Stephens' attorney Bart Betteau said.

Sowders' attorney Perry McCall added, “The investigation from the beginning is based upon a lie which directed the detective's attention to them."

Sowders and Stephens are on trial for the murder of 48-year old Steven Baldwin, who was shot and killed during a home invasion in the Plum Lake subdivision in March of 2013.

On Monday, jurors saw graphic images of the victim and scene and prosecutors say DNA evidence from Sowders was found on a zip tie inside the home.

“This evidence which is the only thing the state is hanging its hat on is tainted," McCall said. He said it's tainted because his client had been in the home before.

"There's no reasonable possibility that the only DNA on that zip tie would be from somebody who had been in that home months before the murder," Clark County chief prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.

He added there was no rush to judgment and believes there's more than enough evidence for convictions. “I am absolutely confident that I have the right two individuals charged with this murder."

In addition to the zip tie, there are rumors the suspects bragged about the crime through text messages.

“I am in possession of some text messages but if for some reason the judge doesn't let them in, I don't want to comment on them publicly,” Mull said.

"At this point, the state has talked about text messaging and there is no, as far as I have in my possession, no content of any text messaging in this case," McCall said.

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