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Daughter of murder victim, suspect takes the stand

The daughter of a murdered woman took the stand Tuesday morning testifying in her father's trial.

Almira Southworth began her testimony about around nine Tuesday morning in a Fayette County courtroom. She told the courtroom that it was very difficult to be in front of her father, Donald Southworth.

On the stand, she talked about her life now and her life before her mother Umi's death.

She told the jury she didn't hear or see anything strange before she went to sleep on June 8, 2010. She says it wasn't until the next morning, when she couldn't find her mother or get a hold of her by phone, that she got scared.

She also described walking outside with her father, searching for her mother. Almira told the jury she found one of her mother's shoes.

"I was like okay, this is not right. I mean, she rarely goes anywhere without shoes, let alone outside. I'm like okay, something's happened. Something's wrong", said Southworth.

Almira Southworth also talked about her parents' marital issues and their upcoming divorce.

She said she and her mother were set to move to Nashville without her dad on June 10th. That's the day her mother passed away after being found the night before, badly beaten and near death behind their Meadowthorpe Avenue apartment.

Lexington Police say Donald Southworth beat his wife to death.

Now 14-years-old, Almira Southworth is attending high school in Nashville.


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