Mack passes on testifying as murder trial finishes 8th day

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ethan Mack told a judge Wednesday afternoon that he would not testify in his murder trial.

The defense continued calling witnesses as the trial finished its eighth day. Mack is charged with torturing and killing 28-year-old Kate Waring in June 2009. Heather Kamp has testified both she and Mack are responsible for Waring's murder.

The defense is expected to call at least one more witness when the trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. When the defense rests, closing arguments will follow and after that, Mack's fate will be in the jury's hands. The trial could go to the jury sometime Thursday.

An analyst with the State Law Enforcement Division testified Wednesday that no DNA on the taser, carpeting or bath tub drain was submitted as evidence.

The defense tried to show the jury that there was no physical evidence at the alleged crime scene.

SLED forensic analyst Stephanie Stanley testified there was no direct DNA connection on any of the evidence taken from the apartment where the murder allegedly happened.

On cross examination by prosecutors, Stanley said they do not test for evidence of cleaning supplies. Kamp testified last week that she and Mack bought cleaning supplies to clean up the crime scene.

Anthony Boling testified against allegations that he ordered Ethan Mack to kill Kate Waring because she got him arrested on drug charges.

Boling told the jury Wednesday that Waring was a close friend and she didn't have anything to do with his drug dealings or his 2006 arrest for cocaine trafficking. Boling, a friend of Mack and Waring's from Johns Island told the jury that he and Mack have been good friends 2001.

He said they worked together on construction sites building homes, but Boling said he never worked on Wadmalaw Island.

"I met Kate in 2004," Boling said. "She came over with one of my friends and she used to date one of my friends T."

Boling said he introduced Mack and Waring. Boling said when he was incarcerated, Waring would write him letters and he talked to Mack too.

"She became scared that she was getting death threats and she wouldn't leave her house without Ethan or another guy," Boling said.

As Boling left the stand, he stopped by Janice Waring, Kate Waring's mother, and they shook hands.

At one point Kamp told police that Boling ordered "a hit" on Waring from prison. She also told police that Boling and Mack were in a drug gang. Investigators testified earlier this week that the story was made up by Kamp before she revealed her and Mack's role in Waring's death.

"I am very aware of who set me up and it had nothing to do with Kate Waring," Boling said.

Boling said he dated Waring at one point considered her a good friend. He denied claims that he was using Waring for her money, saying that he already had enough income from real estate sales, a private business and dealing cocaine.

"I sold drugs," he said. "I really didn't need money from anybody."

Boling testified that police searched his prison cell for a cell phone that Kamp told police he had used to order the hit. Police didn't find a phone.

Matt Barba, who works for the management company that works with the Holiday Inn testified Wednesday that he worked with Mack.

"He was a good employee," Barba said. "He won employee of the quarter. He stands out as a leader among his peers."

Mack received the award Oct. 6, the day before his arrest. He was arrested at work and terminated Nov 1. will continue to bring you live updates of the case on our live blog.

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