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"Will you frightened at all terrified here? I thought it was getting away out of town. More than a year after Kelly Clayton's murder. Her accused killer. Michael beard is finally on trial. Opening statements began in the murder trial of Michael beard in a shocking about face. He takes the stand and makes a stunning declaration likely beard recant his confession and offers up a bizarre scenario about what he says really have. Yes. He was at the scene, but he was there to burn down the house for insurance money and that the killer. The real killer was actually their song beard now makes an outlandish claim that Kelly's already dead when he walks into the house and just like seven year old, Charlie. He sees a man who looks like Thomas Clayton. He's an hand you the weapon the you run out the door and you dispose of the weapon. Like, you've got to be kidding me. Even though Michael beard had changed his story. The prosecution's still had hard evidence against him. They found Kelly's blood on his clothes. He led them to the murder weapon. And his DNA was found inside the Clinton hold after a ten day trial Michael beard found guilty of murder. We'd beards confession. Prosecutors are thinking we've got an airtight case here, then he s- and now they've got a mess. Remember beard would have been the star witness. The only one to wreck Lincoln Clayton to the murders special prosecutor, Wheaton, wet more. This case really became all circumstantial, we don't have a smoking gun. We have to build our case piece by piece accused of killing his wife in the back of September appeared in court today, the courtroom was packed every day to see the biggest story in our area. Newell. Common collected every day when he walked into court even never realized that he was on trial for his wife's that could be because Clayton knows the case against him isn't a slam dunk. Prosecutors believe they've got an ace up their sleeve this man Sira of sex corporation of former police officer who met their cellphone movements. We're able to show the beard click together at certain points. They shouldn't have been a less. One looks at the homicide, and it becomes clear. Most telling a pair of phone calls made on the day. Kelly was killed the first from used car lot. There's an incoming call to Michael beer from Eminem auto Minamata has never called Michael beard before it isn't the dealership calling. It's actually Clayton. You can actually put his device in the parking lot of imminent motto. When this call is made and then hours later Clayton makes his second call to beard from someone else's phone. Yep. Lucky Miller's at that poker game. And this is basically the the goal calling and that immediately sets things into motion beard and shortly after that phone call out to clinch. Able to use them records show the two parties coming together separating conversations between the two of them and lay out the conspiracy commit the murder leading up to it. There was no evidence as to the content of those calls and sirens. Testimony was skewed in trying to make much more of those calls. It's a pattern shows the Michael beard. Thomas Clayton did this together. Missing is motive why would Thomas Clayton won his wife? Dan, what did you begin to learn about your brother in law that you get them? Now witness testimony continued today and Thomas Clayton's murder trial. It was a long and in-depth trial. There's more than seventy five winces hundreds of pieces of evidence against Thomas Clayton. Big question remains why even if there's all this Lincoln Clayton beard, potentially to the crime the motive? This was a shock for everyone. Testimony from one of the woman who claims to haven't had an affair with Thomas Clayton, the women the multiple affairs that he was having right under Kelly's knows Minos. I never heard of an affair ever up until that moment we thought that Kellyanne this loving almost perfect relationship. And here we find out he was cheating on his wife, even telling one of the women that Kelly was a bitch mentioned to me divorce was never going to be possibility because she would take into the cleaners says words, it's a distraction. The question isn't whether it was right that time Platon had affairs question is that he did he do this crying? Prosecutors presented no evidence of any cash payments made by Clayton beard in a murder-for-hire scheme. There's no direct proof that com- Clayton engaged in a. Plot with beard to kill Kelly. There is no record of any payment..