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Trial begins for man accused of leaving stepson to die in swamp

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Savannah, GA (WTOC) - A Georgia man is on trial, accused of leaving his 14-year-old stepson to die in a swamp.

The boy's mother took the stand on the first day of the proceedings.

Brian Gale is facing a murder charge for Daniel Gale's death. The two went hunting in the Buffalo Swamp on March 8th, 2010. Gale said he knew the swamp like the back of his hand but he says he got lost, his GPS malfunctioned and he left the boy alone to go find help. The prosecutor says Daniel was found on his knees. Medical examiner says he drowned. His mother Susan testified about the first time she saw her son's body.

Susan Gale says, "They took me to the hearse and they opened up the back of it and there was just a black body bag, and there wasn't a mark on him. He had color in his cheeks and his little white T-shirt was still bright white, there was not a scratches on him. I said he's joking, he's not dead. I said Daniel, wake up, wake up!"

The prosecutor said Brian Gale helped search for Daniel but led search crews in the wrong direction and then what really came as a bombshell. Brian Gale's attorney blamed Daniel, saying that he was on xanax and the he got disoriented and that he could not walk.

In addition to murder, Brian Gale is charged with involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

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