Day 6 Wesley Earnest Re-Trial: Tire Store Manager Testifies - - ABC13

Day 6 Wesley Earnest Re-Trial: Tire Store Manager Testifies


Reporter: Jeremy Mills

Amherst Co., VA - One of the most memorable witnesses of the first Wesley Earnest murder trial took the stand Tuesday in the re-trial.

It's hard to forget the testimony of the tire store manager because it was one of the most damaging to the defense.

It centers around a Chevy pick-up truck Earnest borrowed from a teacher at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake. The prosecution says Earnest used that truck to drive to Forest to kill his wife.

On Tuesday, Rick Kuehne testified that Earnest brought the truck to Kramer tire in Virginia Beach and wanted all four tires changed.

Kuehne says the old tires had about 80 percent tread remaining and there was nothing wrong with them.

The owner of the truck says Earnest told him he accidently popped the two front tires.

Kuehne also says Earnest used the alias Tom Dunbar and even signed that name to the receipt.

The truck owner's wife says she noticed when the truck was returned, the passenger side floor mat had been scrubbed with bleach.

The prosecution is beginning to wind down its case. They're expected to rest sometime Wednesday.


Amherst Co., VA - Teachers and work staff from Chesapeake took the stand Tuesday morning in the Wesley Earnest murder trial.

Earnest worked for Chesapeake City schools. They all said he denied ever being married and claimed he was worth $5 million. They also testified in March.

The jury also heard from Wesley's landlord again. Neil Phillips said he kicked Wesley out for getting into an altercation with his wife. Phillips said when he confronted Wesley about the situation, he said to his landlord that women "like my wife and your wife should be dead."

We'll have much more on this trial tonight on ABC 13 News at 6:00.

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