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BURLINGTON, Ky. – The defense went on the attack Tuesday in the jury trial of a former sheriff's deputy accused of killing his parents in Northern Kentucky.

Michael Moore’s attorney tried to discredit the crime scene investigator, saying he didn’t do enough to collect evidence.  

There was gruesome testimony Monday with the coroner revealing that Madge Moore was shot in the head. Photos of the victim were displayed.

The crime scene investigator said pills and pill containers were found all over the house.

Michael Moore is charged with shooting Madge and Warren Moore in June 2009 inside their home. Investigators claim Moore also shot himself to support his original story that an intruder killed his parents and shot him, too.

In opening statements,  Moore's attorney, Joann Lynch, gave a new account. Lynch said Michael Moore didn't shoot his mother  - his father did in a dispute over his mom's OxyContin. Lynch said Warren Moore wanted to take the pills and didn't want Madge Moore to give any more to her son.

Lynch said Michael Moore then shot his father during a struggle.

Lynch said her client lied in his original report to protect his family's reputation.

Michael Moore has been in jail since he was arrested four years ago.

During earlier hearings, Moore pleaded not guilty to murder, tampering with evidence, falsely reporting an incident and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Friday, investigators spelled out how they say they believed they found a gun used in the shooting deaths.

Moore is a former Warren County Sheriff's Office deputy who made headlines in 2004 when a grand jury indicted him for taking marijuana from the evidence room and for making meth in his garage.

Moore’s fourth day of trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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