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Closing Arguments Underway In Killings Trial

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A former sheriff's detective on trial for reckless homicide said he felt helpless after his vehicle struck a Kentucky girl.

Ron Killings – who was a detective for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office – testified tearfully Thursday in the July 2008 death of 11-year-old Lakeisha White of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

He said that after the impact, "I stayed there and at that point I was looking at her. I couldn't do anything for her."

He testified he first ran to the front of his vehicle, then the back looking for her – when he saw where she had been thrown to the side of the road.

Killings said he ran to her and checked for a pulse and asked her if she were OK.

He said he went to the trunk of his car and tried to find his medical bag, but could not.

The state rested its case against Killings on Wednesday.

Police charged Killings with hitting and killing 11-year-old Lakeisha White with his unmarked police car in July 2008.

The defense started day three of the trial by presenting their case in the reckless homicide trial. As part of their case, the defense called on Killings to testify.

On the first day of trial, Killings' attorney Terry Fann said it was a horrible accident when White darted in front of Killings' car as he sped to help another officer at a stake out.

The prosecution said on the first day of trail that they could prove that Killings was driving more than twice the speed limit.

During the second day of trial, 10-year-old Raybon Watkins testified he was with his cousin Lakeisha the night she died.

NewsChannel 5 talked to Watkins outside of the courthouse and he said Lakeisha did not dart out in front of Killing's car. Others testified in court that Killings was in his lane and did not swerve.

The defense began its side of the case Thursday morning. 

NewsChannel 5 is there with live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, on News Channel 5 Plus, and newschannel5.com.

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)

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