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Prosecution continues calling witnesses in murder trial

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Prosecution continues calling witnesses in murder trial
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CANTON, N.Y. -- It was a carefully planned out operation, but it didn't go as planned. That's what witnesses testified Monday in the trial of the three men accused of murdering 83-year-old Ralph Lawton in 2010.

Anthony LaLonde, Michael Durand and Michael Thorpe are accused of robbery and second degree murder for the alleged attack on Lawton in his Ogdensburg home.

A number of witnesses said that on the day Lawton died, there was a meeting where a number of adults planned the robbery, but did not plan for Lawton to die.

Witnesses say none of the defendants were present for that meeting, but Anthony LaLonde did come in toward the end of the meeting.

Jurors also heard the story of Tara Moncrieff who says she came into Lawton's apartment as the assailants were leaving and attempted to do CPR before emergency crews arrived.

Testimony will resume Tuesday morning.

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