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Day One of Harcum Murder Trial

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SALISBURY, Md.- Wednesday was the first of a scheduled two-day trial for William Blan Harcum III. He is charged with killing his uncle in Wicomico County.

William Harcum was arrested on July 27 for allegedly killing 62-year-old Lee P. Harcum while working in one of the family’s watermelon fields on the 10000 block of Snethen Church Road in Mardela Springs.

During opening arguments on Wednesday, the prosecution said Harcum killed his uncle with a tractor hitch pin by repeatedly striking him in the back of his head.  The two Harcum's were reportedly arguing over the size of the watermelons the two were harvesting that day.

The defense told the jury William Harcum did kill his uncle but because he felt that he had to do it.  Harcum's attorney said while the two were arguing about the watermelons, Lee Harcum picked up a watermelon and threw it forcefully at the back of William Harcum's head, knocking him unconscious.  When William Harcum regained consciousness, Harcum's attorney said the two began fist-fighting.  Several other workers in the field broke up the fight.  After the two were separated and began to walk away, Harcum's attorney told the jury that Lee Harcum said to his nephew, "You're a dead man."

Several witnesses testified to seeing the fight break out between the two Harcums.  Those same witnesses testified that once the fist fight was over, William Harcum got into his pickup truck, retrieved a tractor hitch pin, and then sped off in the direction of his uncle.  When William Harcum returned to the tractor, he and the hitch pin were both covered in blood.

Two witnesses also testified Lee Harcum kept a gun in his pickup truck, to which William Harcum's attorney said had his client fearing for his life.

The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday morning and is supposed to wrap up that same day as well.

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