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Dickey testifies in murder trial

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In an emotional day in court, Lawrence Dickey said he'd been drinking and didn't remember much the night prosecutors say he beat his wife with a metal bat.

However, while testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Dickey said he does remember standing over the edge of his bed, with his bloodied wife laying in front of him and his softball bat nearby.

Prosecutors say Dickey used the bat to beat his wife Beatrice Dickey, the highest-ranking civilian in the Polk County Sheriff's Office, serving as the executive director of the office of business affairs.

Dickey's defense didn't dispute the action but said what happened on Sept. 17, 2011 wasn't premeditated.

The couple attended a Journey concert that night, and Dickey said he had about 11 beers and two shots of tequila throughout the evening.

Lawrence's son, now 13, testified Tuesday that when the couple got home, his father sat down on the couch with him and talked about the boy's biological mother.

"He said my mom was my angel and she'll guide me through everything," he said. The boy then said he heard his father open the garage door, and the sound of metal bats hit the floor.

"I heard him go to the bedroom and a couple seconds later I heard three whacks," the teenager said. 

After hearing screeching tires, his sister says she went to her stepmother's room, and found her still breathing but bloodied.  "As soon as I got closer I saw the blood and I walked out of the room and ran," she said.

The now 17-year-old said she told her stepbrother, Bea Dickey's son, to call 911, and the two kept the younger boy out of the room.  Dickey was gone from the house by then, and turned himself in at the Plant City Police Dept. to an officer he had known from his job as a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer.

"He said ‘Dennis lock me up,'" the officer testified. "'I just beat my wife with a bat and she's hurt real bad.'"

Both sides rested on Tuesday and the trial is expected to resume on Wednesday morning.

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