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Jury shown crime scene and hear from neighbors in Pasco murder trial

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

John Sexton Junior sat in court and watched as jurors were shown a video of the murder scene inside 94 year old Ann Parlato's home.  Jurors saw bloody sheets and the partially covered body of the victim.

In September of 2010, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was called to Parlato's home when a neighbor discovered her body.  Sexton was Parlato's lawn man.

Today, jurors heard testimony from Parlato's neighbors about what they saw the night of the murder.

David Carlin was in his bedroom when something got his attention.

"We heard like a loud thud. It was loud enough to alarm the dogs and wake her up."

Carlin and his girlfriend, Devlin Saunders, and a roommate went to investigate the noise. Devlin Saunders says she saw a figure in Ann Parlato's window and it was not her.

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis asked Devlin to tell the jury what she witnessed. "I saw the lawn care man in the window.  It sounded like he was in the sink doing dishes. Could you hear water running? yes."

Halkitis then pointed at Sexton and asked Devlin, "is that the person, this person right here that you saw in Miss Parlato's home sometime after midnight? Yes sir.  Any doubt in your mind? None."

Halkitis also asked David Carlin what he saw.

"Do you see anything unusual in the driveway?  His truck.  And could you tell how it was parked? It was backed in."

Carlin says he wrote down the tag number of the vehicle.   He also said he saw a man who appeared to be Sexton in the window.

The defense attorney asked Carlin to describe who he saw.  "His hair, stature that kind of stuff. But you didn't notice any particular details about this person, correct?  No sir."

Throughout today's proceedings, John Sexton showed no emotion.

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