FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — A man accused of killing an 80-year-old Marion County woman in March 2021 did not testify Monday as his murder trial in U.S. District Court in Florence neared its conclusion, officials said.
Dominique Brand had been expected to testify, but he did not. It was not said why he didn’t testify.
Closing arguments wrapped up Monday evening and the judge deliberated for more than three hours without reaching a verdict. There is no jury in the case because Brand chose in August to have a bench trial instead, meaning it is up to the judge to decide the outcome.
The judge will continue deliberating on Wednesday.
Brand allegedly killed Mary Ann Elvington after kidnapping her from her home in Nichols and then holding her at gunpoint in her car before forcing her to drive to North Carolina. Prosecutors say he shot her later behind an abandoned grocery store in Marion County.
Prosecutors rested their case early Monday afternoon after showing a video of Brand being interviewed by authorities after he turned himself in to Marion County police. The defense also rested its case Monday afternoon.
Closing arguments in the case were held Monday afternoon.
During prosecution testimony Monday morning, jurors heard from two SLED agents who testified about DNA evidence in the case, and additional testimony from the pastor of the Little Bethel Baptist Church. The pastor testified on Thursday about evidence linked to the investigation that was stolen in the days before Elvington was killed.
Prosecutors began calling witnesses on Wednesday, and Elvington’s son, Harold, and multiple law-enforcement officers and prosecution experts have testified.
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