Accused killer expected to take the stand in Brotherton murder

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SARASOTA - The trial is underway for the man accused of killing a county bus driver in 2011. Charles Hill, Jr. faces murder, kidnapping, and robbery charges in the death of James Brotherton.

Monday we learned that Hill is expected to take the stand in his own defense. That's according to the North Port Sun, who say defense attorneys told a 14 member jury that hill will testify later in the trial.

The Sun also says that Monday's proceedings also included testimony from law enforcement officials who investigated the case.

Defense attorneys argued that none of Hill’s DNA was found inside Brotherton’s vehicle or on the alleged murder weapon.

33-year-old Hill is charged premeditated murder, robbery with a firearm, and kidnapping. Authorities say that on the night of November 21st, 2011, Hill woke up Brotherton while he slept in his car between shifts as a SCAT bus driver. At gunpoint he took Brotherton to withdraw cash from a Sarasota Bank of America ATM, where he was unable to get any cash. Hill then is believed to have shot him a short time later. Brotherton’s body was found the next morning on the side of the road near the Gulf Gate Library.

The trail will resume Tuesday.

For more on this trial, check out Tuesday’s North Port Sun.