Murder trial: Abilene woman strangled with shoe string

Meagan Dearman

A medical examiner revealed Tuesday in court how an Abilene woman was killed in 2017.

Justin Bennett, 34, is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Meagan Dearman.

The medical examiner who took the stand in his trial said Dearman was strangled with a shoe string.

Dearman’s family said they knew she was strangled, but they didn’t know how.

"It's gut wrenching, you know, it tore at your heart,” said Dearman’s aunt, Kaye Dearman.

The medical examiner was one of nine witnesses to testify on day two in the Bennett murder trial.

"Her poor mother having to sit there and listen to that broke my heart.” said Kaye Dearman.

Dearman’s body was found at T&P Lake in Baird 10 days after she went missing in January 2017.

"We're here for one purpose and that's to show support for Meagan,” said Kaye Dearman.

Dearman’s family wore purple to raise awareness for domestic violence.

"She did have her problems, but she didn't deserve this. Nobody does” said Dearman’s sister, Adrienne Sutton.

Now, Dearman’s family said they’re just looking for justice.

"Just continue praying for us and that we have the strength to go through it and justice is served,” said Kaye Dearman.

If convinced, Bennett could face anywhere from five to 99 years in prison.

Bennett’s murder trial is expected to last through at least Thursday.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

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