Prosecutors present evidence at trial of man accused of strangling his mother
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Prosecutors have begun uncovering boxes of evidence in a trial for a man accused of strangling his mother.
Clarke Raines is on trial for allegedly killing her mother and dumping her body in a Baldwin County shallow grave five years ago.
For most of the day, the state presented evidence and called witnesses, including several investigators and law enforcement officers. They also called Kay Raines’ friends and one of her neighbors.
One of Kay’s friends came forward to tell the court that his last phone call with Kay was on Jan. 29, 2017, which prosecutors say is the day Clarke Raines strangled his mother.
She said she spoke with Kay as they both left Mississippi for Mobile, testifying that Kay told her on that call that she was about to cross the border into Alabama .
Prosecutors also shared two audio clips from the same day of who they believe was Clarke Raines at MoneyGram. In the audio clips played in court, the voice of a man is heard, identifying himself as Kay Raines. In the tapes, the man said he was trying to send money and it wasn’t working. He also tries to create a new account with his information.
In January 2017, the state said Kay traveled from her job in Mississippi to her home in Mobile, where the state said Clarke strangled her. Her body was found two months later in a shallow grave in rural Baldwin County.
Prosecutors also presented several pieces of evidence trying to prove that Clarke used her mother’s car and cards in the days after her death. The district attorney showed the video and the transaction receipts to the jury.
Prosecutors even called a teller from Ms Raines’ bank to the stand. She testified that Clarke arrived with a cash check for over $2,000. She told the jury she couldn’t cash the check.
The district attorney argued that this happened the day after Raines died.
The defense mostly listened to testimony on Wednesday, they said in their opening statements that the state couldn’t prove Clarke Raines killed her mother, couldn’t prove where she died and said it needed her living mother.
A verdict could come this week or early next week.