Jury Hears New Evidence In Murder Trial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New details emerged in the trial of a woman on trial for the deaths of a St. Nicholas couple found buried in a shallow grave in Georgia.

In court Wednesday, evidence technicians testified about how they tied the defendant, Tiffany Cole, to the deaths of Carol and Reggie Sumner.

Cole is one of the four suspects accused of the Jacksonville couple's 2005 kidnapping and death.

Prosecutors said Cole had been a familiar face to the couple. She was a neighbor when the Sumners lived in South Carolina.

They claimed she was the lynchpin because they said she befriended the Sumners and then set them up, allegedly robbing, kidnapping and killing the couple.

Her life on the line, Cole listened as prosecutors played a recording of her statement to police that was made shortly after her arrest on July 14, 2005, after the victims had been reported missing but before their bodies were discovered.

On the stand, the lead evidence technician talked about where the Sumners' bodies were found.

A fingerprint analyst also testified on Wednesday. He said Cole's prints were found on an unused roll of plastic wrap along with the prints of one other person -- Michael James Jackson.

Jackson was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to death in August.

Cole could get the death penalty if convicted.

Another defendant, Bruce Nixon, has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. He is expected to testify against Cole on Thursday.

The fourth defendant, Alan Wade, is expected to go on trial next week.

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