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Jurors deliberating on Todd Stewart's role in death of business partner

Stewart is accused of killing his business partner, Mark Miller, at their tattoo shop in September 2012. Miller's body was found stuffed in a barrel, floating down the St. Joseph River.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.

GOSHEN — The attorneys have presented their case. Now it's up to the jury to decide whether Todd Stewart killed his business partner, Mark Miller, and stuffed his body in a barrel while trying to get rid of the body.

Stewart, 36, faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted of murder. He was arrested on a warrant in May 2013, six months after Miller's body was found in a barrel floating down the St. Joseph River.

Prosecutors presented their last witness, Detective Jeremy Stout, and rested their case shortly after 1 p.m. 

Next were the defense attorneys, who presented two witnesses: They called for Stout again, and then they called for Emma Morris, Matt Howard's girlfriend. Howard testified during the third day of Stewart's trial, telling the jury he was at Miller's tattoo shop, where he worked as a tattoo artist, when Miller was killed. 

Defense attorneys rested their case shortly after 2 p.m.

In closing arguments prosecutors asked the jury to piece the information given to them to determine whether Stewart killed Miller. Defense attorneys attempted to place the blame on Howard, who they say gave inconsistent statements when questioned by police.

More stories on Todd Stewart trial:

Deputy prosecutor gives detailed account of homicide during first day of trial for Todd Stewart

Witness says Stewart's actions suspicious days after Dunlap tattoo artist went missing

Witness to Mark Miller murder trial testifies in court


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