TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Day one of the Murder trial of well-known Abilene realtor, Tom Niblo, closed out Tuesday. Luke Sweetser, Niblo’s brother-in-law is accused of killing Niblo in his home in December 2016.


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Tuesday’s trial closed out with hearing testimony, mostly, from personnel with the Abilene Police Department (APD):

  • Officer Brent Payne – one of first responding officers at Niblo crime scene
  • Officer Chris Lazirko – one of first responding officers at Niblo crime scene
  • Officer Mary Guitar – officer who questioned and examined Niblo’s widow, Cheryl
  • Diana Arndt – APD forensics expert
  • Turner Cariker – previous owner of business that installed a security system at the Niblo home

This trial is set to resume Wednesday morning in Taylor County’s 350th District Court, where suspect Luke Sweetser is facing a Murder and Theft of Firearm charge.

Nearly six years and counting, the trial is not expected to wrap up quickly. Check back with BigCountryHomepage.com for extensive coverage.