First testimony given in Pleasant Gap murder trial

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Bellefonte, Pa- Tuesday, Nicole Smalley, Rick Smalley’s daughter, was the first to testify in a murder trial charging Ardell Gross with first and third-degree murder, along with aggravated assault.

Nicole was the last person to speak with her father on the phone, before the prosecution says he was shot by Ardell Gross.

Our reporting partners at the Centre Daily Times say that Nicole was confident in the beginning of her testimony…. describing different photos of the Smalley home on Whitman Avenue in Pleasant Gap.

That is until a photo of her father dead on the floor was shown and she broke down crying.

The defense urged the jury to listen intently to differences between Gross’s 9-1-1 call and his interview with police…. arguing that the police interview was “goal oriented” and that Gross was being attacked, and was justified in shooting Smalley.

WTAJ will provide updates on this trial as it continues.

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