Cawthorne Jr. trial recessed until Friday due to bad weather - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cawthorne Jr. trial recessed until Friday due to bad weather

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) -

Today the jury heard from the co-defendant charged with murder as the trial of Roderick Cawthorne Jr. continues in State District Court in Jeff Davis Parish.

Brett "Cowboy" Hebert testified how he and Cawthorne hid at Charles Talen's home - waiting for an opportunity to rob him. Hebert testified that Cawthorne said he understood there was a half-million dollars inside the house.

Hebert told the court it was Cawthorne who hit Talen in the face with a gun, injuring him. Talen was found dead in the house February 21, 2015.

Even though Hebert had brought an AK-47 assault rifle into the home, he says he only fired it at the floor to intimidate Talen and never intended to hurt him.

The defense is trying to portray Hebert as trying to save his own skin by testifying against Cawthorne.  Both men are charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Court has been recessed until 9 a.m. Friday due to inclement weather.

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