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August 22, 2013

Jurors hear 4 witnesses on second day of trial

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Woodward, Okla. — A STRANGE SMELL AND LOTS OF BLOOD

With the vehicle disabled, the group exited the cab and Spencer said he noticed "a distinct smell in the air that wasn't normal."

He said he then went around the side of the vehicle to check on Watkins.

"I let down the tailgate and the bed of the pickup was just sopping with blood," he said.

So he climbed into the back of the pickup and tried to rouse Watkins.  "I put my foot on him and tried to talk to him," he said.

After getting no response though, Spencer said he sat down and "put his head on my knee and leaned over to try to hear if he was breathing.  He wasn't breathing so I tried CPR but got nothing out of it.  Then the girls tried CPR."

When they were also unsuccessful, he said, "we came to the conclusion he had died."

At that time he said Watkins' body had felt "cold and stiff."

The group then exited the pickup, leaving Watkins' body in the back and began to talk about what they were going to do.  Spencer said that Hager and Yelloweagle "already had warrants out for their arrest" and didn't want to report the incident to authorities.

"I said 'alright whatever you want to do, if you don't want to call the police we won't call,'" he said, but added that he later tried to convince them to turn themselves in saying "if we run from this it will only be worse and make it look like we're guilty."

However, the group just decided to begin walking back toward Woodward and Carriger eventually called someone to come pick them up.  Spencer said he, Hager and Carriger eventually ended up back at a friend's house where they "changed clothes, got in the shower to wash all that bloody stuff off us, had something to eat and then, to tell you the truth, I sat down on the couch and passed out."

He said he slept for about an hour before Hager woke him up and they spoke with their friends and made the decision to turn themselves in.  He, Hager and Carriger then came to the sheriff's office around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2010 and "told them 'we think our friend is dead.'"

He and Hager were then taken by police to help show law enforcement where the pickup and Watkins' body was located.

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