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Co-worker says he was with Hagan the day before Rathgeber was found dead

On Wednesday, a co-worker of both Halee Rathgeber and Isaiah Hagan testified that he was with Hagan just before Rathgeber's body was found.

Testimony was heard from three people on Wednesday, getting into people who had direct connections to Rathgeber and Hagan.

The first witness was Jacob Allen, who said he worked with both Rathgeber and Hagan at Texas Roadhouse.

Rathgeber was found dead around 6:45 a.m. on April 24, 2017.

On April 23, 2017 – the day before – Allen said he was with Hagan from about 11:30 p.m. until about 4:30 a.m.

Allen told the court he was interrogated after Rathgeber was found and that he told detectives multiple times he did not think Hagan killed Rathgeber.

He said detectives ask if the names Jordan Hughes or Thaddeus Rice meant anything to him.

He said he had heard Rice's name mentioned on April 24, 2017 when people were talking about Rathgeber at work.

When Allen started talking about a rumor he heard, there was an objection that his statement would be hearsay. That objection was sustained.

However, outside the presence of the jury, Allen told the court he believed Rathgeber may have been killed in retaliation for having knowledge about the death of Jackson Wheeler – the baby of Jordan Hughes, a close friend to Rathgeber.

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(This story was originally published on June 6, 2018)

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