Day 2 of testimony in murder trial brings possible motive

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Thu, April 10 2014 at 6:58 PM, Updated: Wed, April 16 2014 at 1:21 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Thursday was the second day of testimony in the Bourne Huddleston murder trial. Prosecutors brought more witnesses to the stand. Jurors heard from Joseph Nuckolls, a man who said Huddleston tried to hire him to kill his wife Kristy.      

Another wave of officers involved in the investigation also testified.  

Unreleased until now, jury members saw video and pictures of the crime scene.

Prosecutors and detectives also said an m-4 assault rifle, a homemade silencer and other military style weapons were all found behind a code-locked door inside Bourne Huddleston's home.

"What it appeared to be is some form of handmade silencer," said Detective Eric Fox with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Huddleston is accused of shooting his wife Kristy in the head back in 2012 at their home outside of Medford. 

Before that, prosecutors said he tried to hire a hitman to do it.

That man, Joseph Nuckolls, took the stand Thursday offering a possible motive.

"He said he had a $30,000 life insurance policy on her," testified Nuckolls.

Nuckolls said he knew Huddleston simply by the name "Jose."

"Is that Jose there?" asked David Hoppe, a Deputy District Attorney with the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, as he pointed to Huddleston seated in the courtroom.

Nuckolls said yes.

Nuckolls cousin, Michael Yorrie who also took the stand, allegedly introduced the two.

Yorrie said he and Huddleston met by chance.

"He asked me what I would do for $20,000," testified Yorrie on Thursday.

Richard Thierolf, a lawyer in Medford handling Kristy Huddleston's estate also testified.

According to Thierolf, Kristy was a part of the Federal Employees Retirement System.

"Was there a Federal Employees group life insurance policy?" asked Hoppe.

"Yes," said Thierolf.

What would the benefits of Mr. Huddleston as spouse have been in the event of her death," asked Hoppe.

"$722,000" responded Thierolf.

"Now in the event that Kristy Huddleston was determined to have committed suicide, would that reduce that life insurance policy?" asked Hoppe.

"Yes," Thierolf said.

Jury members have also heard from Lori Roberts. Investigators said it was her home where police arrested Huddleston after Kristy was killed.

It's expected the prosecution will continue to bring more witnesses on Friday.

Once they're done, it'll be the defense's turn to bring their own people to the stand.

Stay with NBC 5 News for continuing coverage inside the courtroom.

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