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`CAPTAIN NEMO’ TO TAKE STAND IN HIS TRIAL

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Nearly four years after being arrested in connection with the shooting death of contractor Bruce Larson, Eugene "Captain Nemo" Woodland was expected to take the stand in his own defense Friday.

Woodland - who was charged with second-degree murder following Larson's March 28, 1990 slaying - has spent much of that time in the Utah State Hospital, suffering from a variety of mental illnesses. At that time he was ruled incompetent to stand trial.Woodland was ruled fit for a court proceeding earlier this year.

Thursday, prosecutors questioned several police officers who responded to the 1990 shooting at 4050 S. 900 East - formerly Woodland's "Captain Nemo's Dinner Theater Atlantis and Fitness Center."

William Abrect, an FBI investigative firearms specialist, also testified slugs found at the shooting site matched rifling impressions from two revolvers in Woodland's possession at the time of his arrest.

Woodland was expected to testify that he was not present when Larson was killed and that he is a victim of a conspiracy.