Prosecution rests in Kate Waring murder trial

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The prosecution wrapped up Tuesday morning in the Ethan Mack murder trial after spending the last five days calling witnesses.

Ethan Mack is on trial for the 2009 murder of Kate Waring. Heather Kamp, who is also charged with murder, testified against Mack last week, saying he tortured Waring with a stun gun, hit her with a wine bottle and eventually drowned her in a bathtub.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson and the prosecution finished calling witnesses just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The defense is expected to call close to 10 witnesses, which means the trial could last several more days. The trial began with jury selection Monday Oct. 4 and opening statements were made Tuesday Oct. 5.

Charleston Police Detective David Osborne was back on the stand Tuesday morning for the prosecution to discuss the investigation and Kamp's credibility.

"Do you believe what Kamp testified 100 percent" Mack's defense attorney asked.

"I wouldn't say that," Osborne said.

"She's lied a lot?" Mack's defense attorney asked.

"Yes," Osborne said.

"You said Kamp told a lot of lies but her core story stays the same?" Mack's defense attorney asked.

"Correct," Osborne said.

"But hasn't she given you several core stories?" Mack's defense attorney asked.

"Since she gave her proffer statement, the details, the suitcase, the pillow, the wine bottle, were all the same," Osborne said.

Osborne said that Kamp has been consistent by saying that she and Mack took Waring to Riley Road and Mack beat and killed her and dumped the body on Wadmalaw Island.

"Was anyone else been involved?" Wilson asked.

"No," Osborne said.

"Since October, has the same things been said?" Wilson asked.

"Yes," Osborne said.

"And it's always she and ...?" Wilson asked.

"Ethan Mack," Osborne said.

A Forensic Pathologist from MUSC who examined waring's remains testified she could not come up with an exact cause of death because there was no tissue on the bones.

"It was near complete skeleton," Pressnel said. "There were a couple bones missing. We didn't find any evidence of ante-mortem and we did find some animal markings."

On Monday, the prosecution called several crime scene investigators who testified about the day they found Waring's body on Wadamalaw Island four months after she disappeared in 2009.

One crime scene technician for the Charleston Police Department discussed crime scene photos and video from the wooded area where Waring's body was discovered by private investigators. will continue to bring you live updates of the case on our live blog.

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