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Burmeister Trial Continues Monday

Posted February 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The first week is complete in the double murder trial of former Fort Bragg paratrooper James Burmeister.

Star witness Randy Meadows took the witness stand again Friday and testified that Burmeister admitted to the murders of two African-Americans. Later, according to Meadows, Burmeister bragged about the shootings while in jail.

During cross examination, defense attorneys tried to discredit Meadows, who has admitted to driving the car Burmeister and Malcolm Wright rode in on the night of the killings. The defense focused on Meadows' lack of knowledge about a significant tattoo that Burmeister wanted and Meadows' alleged drinking problems.

The trial is expected to last one more week.