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Accused murderer takes the stand

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Defending himself in court Thursday, accused murderer Christopher Robin told jurors he did not brutally strangle and beat his roommate Wayne Beavers to death on November 20, 2007.

"I don't think I could ever be that violent," Robin said.

Robin said he last saw Beavers alive right before leaving for work around 7 a.m. that morning, and that he found Beavers naked and dead in Robin's bedroom when he returned to their home in Port Neches around 3 p.m. that afternoon.

Robin's father Henry also testified, saying he picked up his son that morning and was working with him on a house in Vidor into the afternoon. The man who hired them for the job testified Robin was there when he visited the work site around 2:15 in the afternoon.

Medical examiner Dr. Tommy Brown previously testified that Beavers likely died prior to 8 a.m., but the owner of a nearby liquor store said Beavers bought beer at 10 a.m. the morning of his death.

Defense attorneys argued that someone must have killed Beavers while Robin was gone.

Andrew McWhorter, a forensic scientist with the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Houston, testified that DNA matching Robin's was found on Beavers' fingernails.

Robin's blood was also found all over the crime scene, on hallway walls, sink faucets and doorknobs. Robin testified he had cut his hand while working, and walked through the house to wash the blood off before finding Beavers' body.  

Robin also denied rumors that he and Beavers were lovers.

"I'll put it this way, God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve," Robin said.

Robin then denied accusations by prosecutor Rachel Grove that he killed Beavers because he was disgusted by Beavers' homosexual activity with other men in the house.

Closing arguments are expected to begin Friday.

Robin faces life in prison if convicted.

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