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Testimony continues in murder trial of Rochester man accused of killing East High School student

Posted at: 05/08/2013 4:23 PM
Updated at: 05/08/2013 6:19 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The murder trial of a Rochester man accused of brutally killing an East High School student continued Wednesday.

Devonte Lively is accused of killing the teenage girl and dumping her body in a pool in Irondequoit. Investigators believe Lively killed 17-year-old Larie Butler in his grandmother's basement and then tried to cover it up.

The trial started a week ago and on Wednesday, an investigator with the Rochester Police Department took the stand. He told the jury how he pulled phone records for the phones he believes belonged to Larie Butler and Lively.

During his testimony, he read text messages sent from Lively's phone to Butler that asked her to come over. When she replied that she wasn't sure if she wanted to because the two “had nothing to talk about”, Lively texted Butler that he had bought things to give her. The conversation was in the early afternoon hours on March 24, 2012, the day Butler went missing.

Later that day, according to cell phone records, Lively texted a friend around 10:00 p.m., asking if he had anything that would clean blood out of a carpet. He also made a few calls to that number around the same time.

During the defense's cross examination of the investigator, the defense attorney tried to get him to say you can't know 100% who was sending any of the text messages or if the phone really belonged to Lively. The investigator said anyone can text anything and that he believes it was Devonte.

The prosecution is expected to call the medical examiner to the stand Thursday and then the defense team will have a chance to call witnesses of their own. News10NBC does not yet know if Lively will take the stand.