Friends of Nathan Yager testified at his murder trial yesterday and it wasn’t good for the accused. The Daily Press reports witness Cindy Shepherd testified yesterday that Yager made threatening statements concerning Melinda Tackett Yager, saying he wished she was dead, maybe I out to kill her. These statements were made in December 2010, about a month before Tackett Yager died. Shepherd and Yager worked together at TK Mining and also both went to Hotchkiss high school. Shepherd claims Yager was happy go lucky, no different and seemed of sound mind and body. Prosecutors say 2 doctors determined Yager was sane at the time of the murder, while his defense says the first expert to examine Yager concluded he was not sane.