Trial underway for man accused of murdering mother

Trial underway for man accused of murdering mother

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There were opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing his mother. Kody Climer, 48 is on trial for the death of Linda Wilhite, 67.

Assistant District Attorney Cara Landers said the state believes the murder happened on Aug. 14 and was reported on Aug. 18.

In the statement, it is believed his brother was killed in a crash earlier that year and he wanted insurance money Wilhite wouldn't give to him. 

Defense Attorney Chris Wanner argued police found several bloody finger prints in the house but didn't collect that evidence. He said the evidence will show that when police searched the house, his room was ransacked and they found a phone that belonged to someone else.

"I believe that you will get lost trying to follow the evidence, use your compass and it will lead you to a not guilty," he said.

Court records show police found a lot of blood in Wilhite's home and in her car in August 2016. The day before the find, police report they pulled Climer over and saw a bowie knife and an ax or hatchet in the car.

Court records indicate the day after the find, police found Climer with two bags. Inside, detectives found a large silver knife, Wilhite's debit card and a check made out to Climer for $500.

After obtaining Wilhite's financials, investigators say Climer had tried to use her debit card numerous times since she was last seen. Her remains haven't been found. 

The trial is expected to last all week. 

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