The trial of a woman accused of killing War Mayor Thomas Hatcher is underway in McDowell County Circuit Court.
Rebecca Hatcher of War is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the mayor, who was her father-in-law.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the defense began its case Monday. An expert witness, Dr. William Manion, testified that he believes Thomas Hatcher died of natural causes.
City workers found the 72-year-old mayor's body in his home on July 17, 2012.A co-defendant, Earl Click of Grundy, Va., is scheduled to stand trial in January. Click is Hatcher's brother. He also is charged with first-degree murder.