Donaldson murder trial begins

The murder trial of Sammie Lee Gerrick is happening this week at the Barnwell County Courthouse during the November term of General Sessions Court.
Gerrick, of Blackville, is charged with murder in the death of Tyrone Anthony Donaldson.
Gerrick was with Donaldson the day he was last seen alive, July 21, 2011. Donaldson's body was found Aug. 4, 2011, in a wooded area off Sunshine Road outside of Blackville.
On Tuesday, a State Law Enforcement Division forensics agent testified about finding Donaldson's buried body.
Jurors also heard testimony from witnesses and watched a recording of police interviews with Gerrick describing what happened the day Donaldson disappeared. Gerrick told police he last saw Donaldson at the Junior Food Mart in Blackville the afternoon of July 21. But in another interview, Gerrick talks about taking Donaldson's white Honda Civic to Orangeburg. Gerrick told police he was asked to move the car.
Gerrick, 42, is the only suspect charged with murder in the case.
Judge Jack Early is presiding over the case.