The mother of Hannibal's murdered bride-to-be took the stand during the first day in the trial of Calvin Duane Pettey Monday.
Pettey is accused of shooting his fiance Sandra "Sandi" Michelle Fugate two days before their wedding.
Fugate's mother testified to the jury about discovering her daughter's body in the basement of Fugate's Iowa Street home with several bullet wounds in her head.
Also taking the stand was a former investigator with the Hannibal Police Department. He testified Pettey was dating another woman on the side, who he asked to dispose of the murder weapon. Click here to read more about the case.
According to court documents obtained by KHQA in 2010, Pettey admitted to killing his fiance and asked others to help him dispose of the gun, ammunition and clothes he was wearing at the time.
The Pettey and Fugate had been engaged for about a year and were to be married two days before her death.
According to the Hannibal Courier Post, in a probable cause statement in Marion County Circuit Court, a witness told police Pettey told her he killed Sandi and needed her to help get rid of the evidence. The witness also reported Pettey wanted the ammunition thrown in a body of water because they may have his prints.
Fugate had a daughter from a previous marriage and was employed by General Mills in Hannibal. People who knew her say she loved spending time with family and friends.