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Day 2 of Bates' murder trial concludes with emotional testimony

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

The second day of Natasha Bates murder trial concluded Wednesday evening in Bradley County.

Some of Bates' family members were in the courtroom. While she hasn't shown much emotion through the trial so far, at one point Tasha did look over at them and mouthed, "I love you."

Jurors heard from several criminal investigators who testified they found traces of meth inside Bates' garage and traces of heroine inside her trailer.

A California meteorologist, who specializes in children's heat deaths in vehicles, testified the temperature inside Bates' car on June 28 could have reached 140 degrees or higher if the temperature was 101 degrees that day.

Some of the  more emotional testimony came from Bates' aunt, Tracey Honey. She broke down when asked about how Bates' mother, Sandra Keith, was to Tasha growing up.

"Not the best mother she should've been. She had a whole lot of room to be a better mother than what she was," cries Honey. 

Honey also described Bates' childhood growing up. "She had a lot on her plate as a child. She didn't really have the stability that she should've had," says Honey.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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