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One woman accused in the brutal murder of a McDowell mayor is standing trial. One woman accused in the brutal murder of a McDowell mayor is standing trial.
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One woman accused in the brutal murder of a McDowell mayor is standing trial. Rebecca Hatcher is facing first degree murder charges for her role in the death of War Mayor, Dr. Thomas Hatcher.  59News reporter Lauren Hensley was there and tells us what witnesses are saying.

According to Patty Hawkins, the events leading up to the death of War Mayor Tom Hatcher were explosive.

"There was screaming and bad words used, it was really bad," Patty Hawkins, said.

Hawkins was Hatcher's neighbor.  She said the day before he died she witnessed an argument escalated between Hatcher and his daughter-in-law Rebecca.  Now Rebecca Hatcher along with her brother Earl Click are both facing first degree murder charges for their alleged role in the July 2012 death of Tom Hatcher.

"He took care of people.  That's what he did. He was the Mayor but he could have been called the care giver," Patty Hawkins, Hatcher's neighbor said.

"He will be missed for a long time, I still look for his car to come home," Pete Hawkins, Hatcher's neighbor said.

Several witnesses, including the Hawkins, gave testimony in court Thursday. Several stated there was tension between Tom and Rebecca over use of his debit card. Medical experts are expected to take the stand later this week.

Rebecca Hatcher's brother Earl Click has also been charged with first degree murder for his alleged role. He goes to trial in January.