Testimony begins in Trinity County murder trial

Michael Berber mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Jail.
Michael Berber mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Jail.
By Holley Nees - email

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - The first day of testimony in a Trinity County murder trial began Monday afternoon with prosecution linking the defendant to the slaying.

Michael Berber faces murder charges in the 2007 death of Mark Haslett, an employer of Berber. Berber is being tried for slashing the throat of Haslett and stabbing him several times.

The first witness, Tom Monroe, testified how he found Haslett's body at his residence and called 911.

"I tried to help him," Monroe said. "I knew he had some personal problems."

Monroe said he did not have much hope for Haslett when he saw him.

"I looked to my right and I saw Mark laying on the floor and it was rather obvious in my observation that he probably wasn't going to move," he said.

Law enforcement officer Steven Jones said he picked up Berber in downtown Houston to bring him back to Trinity County.  After being shown photos of Haslett's body, Jones explained how marks on Haslett's body appeared to be self-defense wounds.

Former Trinity Police Chief Lynn Gentry testified how he found Haslett's body when he arrived at the scene.

"There was a lot of blood," he said. "A lot of blood."

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