Prosecutors rest in Flowers case

WINONA — Prosecutors have wrapped up their case against Curtis Giovanni Flowers in the deaths of four people at a Winona furniture store in 1996.

Defense attorneys began calling witnesses Wednesday, including a firearms expert.

Prosecutors called Roxanne Ballard, the daughter of store owner Bertha Tardy, who was one of the victims. Ballard, an accountant, testified about the usual business at the store and analyzed business documents from the scene and used them to determine that $289 was missing from the Tardy cash drawer.

The defense asked that the charges be dismissed, saying the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence to render a decision. Circuit Judge Joseph Loper ruled against the motion.

Flowers could get the death penalty if his sixth trial ends in a conviction.

The Associated Press