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Charles Capone (left) is on trial for the murder of his estranged ex-wife Racheal Anderson (right) Charles Capone (left) is on trial for the murder of his estranged ex-wife Racheal Anderson (right)
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UPDATE: Tuesday marks day five of the Charles Capone trial and could prove to be a turning point in the case. David Stone is scheduled to take the stand and give his testimony in the murder of Rachael Anderson, Charles Capone's ex-wife, 4-years ago.

Detectives say Stone and Capone made a pact to kill each others wives. Stone was originally arrested for suspicion of murder in the disappearance of Anderson, but he accepted a plea deal, agreeing to testify against Capone.

For the latest information on the trial and updates as they happen, follow KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DylanWohlenhaus

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Testimony on Friday in the Charles Capone murder trial continued with the court hearing from a Forensic Scientist from the Idaho State Police, as well as a man who bunked with Capone while he was in the Bonner County Jail, and another man who bunked with Capone in the Asotin County Jail.

David Stone is expected to testify on Tuesday. He was first accused of the murder with Capone, but  it was later revealed that he came in after the murder took place. He accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to failure to contact coroner or law enforcement to report a dead body. In exchange for his plea deal all other charges against him were dropped.

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Day two of Charles Capone's murder trial saw testimony from Rachael Anderson's best friend Jennifer Norberg, her friend J.D. Rogers who was acting as an unofficial bodyguard, and Robert Bogden, a friend of Charles Capone. 

Anderson's good friend Jennifer Norberg testified that her and Anderson had known each other since 1991 and were "pretty much inseparable." Norberg told Prosecutors about a physical altercation between Capone and Anderson and when Norberg came to visit Anderson, she saw red marks on her neck. Norberg said Anderson told her she was going to take her daughter, ask Capone to leave the house and then file for divorce. Days later, Norberg said Capone told her the marks on Anderson's neck were from "falling down." 

Following that incident, Norberg told the court that Anderson and Capone had separated, however Capone continued to stalk Anderson. Norberg said Anderson would often sleep with the lights on in her house, on a couch upstairs with a gun under her pillow. 

Norberg said on April 15th, 2010 Anderson told her she was going to Moscow to meet with Capone, and Anderson was "extremely afraid" of meeting with him. It was the last time Norberg would ever hear from Anderson. Norberg said she was suppose to hear from Anderson the next day, but never did. Norberg then learned three days later that Anderson was missing. 

Another testimony heard on Wednesday was from J.D. Rogers, who acted in a body guard capacity when Anderson came to him scared of Capone. Rogers said he taught Anderson self-defense and took her out shooting a couple of times, after hearing recordings Rogers believed were Capone, as well as seeing emails sent to Anderson that contained pictures of bodies, unsolved murders and a body sunk in water. Rogers said the sender line on the emails was blank and there was no way he could tell if they were from Capone. 

Rogers said Anderson had a gun that was ready to be shot if needed and he had rigged the gun so the safety was not set. 

Also testifying on Wednesday was Robert Bogden, an owner of a biotech company in Pullman that does DNA work. Bogden knows Capone and said in January 2010, four months before Racheal's disappearance, he learned that Anderson and Capone were having problems. After Capone and Anderson separated, Bogden said he invited Capone to stay with him and his wife. 

Bogden said Capone was concerned someone was stalking Anderson and asked him about network security and how communications works between cellphones. Bogden said on April 19th Capone called him at work and said Anderson "took off in the Yukon." Bogden said that concerned him and he "went into total defense mode." Bogden said he became concerned when Anderson disappeared and told Capone he needed to find a new place to stay. Bogden said he told Capone to get a lawyer and "tell the truth." 

On May 5th Capone called Bogden and asked to speak with him at Bogden's shop. Bogden agreed and went outside to speak with Capone armed. Capone asked Bogden if he still had the gun he had given him, and Bogden told Capone he had turned it over to police. 

Capone asked Bogden if DNA could be found in sweat. Bogden asked Capone if he had anything to do with Anderson's disappearance and said Capone never directly answered the question. 

The court was dismissed around 2:00pm and will resume Thursday morning at 9:00am. 

The other man arrested in connection to Anderson's disappearance, David Stone is expected to testify next week. 

DAY 1 Coverage:

The long awaited murder trial of Charles Capone began in Moscow, Idaho on Tuesday. 

Capone is accused of murdering his estranged ex-wife, Rachael Anderson, 4 years ago. Anderson's body has never been found. On Tuesday prosecutors went into detail on how they believe Capone killed Anderson. Prosecutors say Capone drugged Anderson, strangled her, wrapped in a tarp and threw her body off the Red Wolf Bridge above the Snake River. Earlier this year law enforcement officials spent time in the area searching for Anderson's body but never found her. 

Detectives say Capone and a friend, David Stone made a pact to kill each other's wives. Stone was also arrested for the murder of Anderson, but accepted a plea deal and will testify against Capone at his trial.

It's been an emotional ride for Anderson's family. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with Anderson's daughters many times over the years. They're hoping for justice despite Capone maintaining his innocence.

For updates throughout the trial, keep check khq.com and get live updates from the courtroom by following KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus on Twitter at @DylanWohlenhaus

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