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Trial begins for man accused of "friend's" murder

Bartow, Florida -- Testimony began Wednesday for a Mulberry man accused of killing his friend by shooting and stabbing him dozens of times.

On Jan. 14, 2011, 36-year-old Curtis Patrick Chancey of Lakeland, was allegedly shot and stabbed by 38-year-old Mike Hinson during an argument that occurred on the Bulger Nursery property near Mulberry.

Detectives say Hinson dumped Chancey's body in a water pit north of the Nursery.

Prosecutors say Chancey often visited the Nursery because of his friendship with the manager Mike Bulger, Jr.

Chancey was last heard from by his girlfriend Christina Oldaker at about 5:50 p.m. when he had called her to ask for a ride telling her to pick him up at the nursery.

When she arrived, Oldaker waited for Chancy, but he did not show up. 

Hinson did.

Prosecutors say he came up at the front gate and told Oldaker he had not seen Chancey. They then looked for Chancey together around the approximate 150-acre nursery property.
About two weeks later, detectives say they got a tip that Chancey had been murdered and thrown into water. 

Detectives again searched the Bulger Nursery property on Feb. 12 and 13 using nine law enforcement dog handlers and 13 cadaver dogs, but no body was found. 

Detectives later expanded their search to the surrounding property and found Chancey's body in a state of advanced decomposition in a water pit north of the Bulger Nursery property.

An autopsy discovered that Chancey's body was shot at least 25 times and he was stabbed at least 13 times.

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