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Updated: 10/08/2013 08:00:02AM

Attorney: Hill to testify

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POOL PHOTO BY MIKE LANG
Charles Hill listens to opening statements Monday as his trial begins at the Sarasota County Justice Center. Hill is charged with the kidnapping and murder of James Brotherton in 2011.

Rhonda DiFranco

By DREW WINCHESTER

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The first day of Charles Hill’s first-degree murder trial, his attorney told the 14-member jury the accused killer will be testifying on his own behalf — the first big revelation in what’s expected to be a weeklong process.

Assistant Public Defender Carolyn Schlemmer made the announcement during her opening statements Monday, telling jurors that the murder of former El Jobean resident James Brotherton, while tragic, was not at the hands of Hill.

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