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Ross-Jones murder trial continues

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The prosecution continues to call witnesses in the murder trial of a Binghamton man. Joseph Ross-Jones is one of two people charged with second degree murder in the death of Daniel Martinez, 27. Martinez's was shot and stabbed. His body was found in the woods in the Town of Chenango last October. Prosecutors claim Ross-Jones and another man, Daniel Doherty, murdered Martinez over drug money. Melissa Kakareka has more.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The prosecution's key witness, Daniel Doherty, returned to the witness stand for further testimony Thursday morning. Doherty has already admitted to the murder and testified Wednesday that Joseph Ross-Jones helped him.

Under cross examination Thursday morning, the defense questioned whether or not Doherty was capable of lying about the murder in order to secure a plea deal with the DA.

The defense also pointed out some inconsistencies in some of Doherty's prior statements. But Doherty says he would not jeopardize his deal by lying about Ross-Jones' involvement under oath. He is hoping to have his own murder conviction reduced to manslaughter if he tells the truth about Ross-Jones on the stand.

Now a number of police and forensic investigators also testified about some of the evidence collecting procedures used in this case. The jury was shown photos of the crime scene where investigators say they recovered items such as a handgun, a phone and a small bag containing a white substance. The jury also saw photos of the inside of Joseph Ross-Jones' car, where Investigator Jason Miller says he found blood.

Other investigators testified that they also found blood in Daniel Doherty's apartment, although testimony from those officers did not clarify whose blood was inside Doherty's apartment or in Ross-Jones' car.

As for how long the trial will last, according to the judge's initial instructions during jury selection on Monday, witnesses could be finished by the end of this week or early next week. So the jury could begin deliberating within the next few days.

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