OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama jury is scheduled to hear opening statements in the capital murder trial of a man accused of fatally shooting two former Auburn University football players.
A judge told a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates to return to court Friday afternoon for the trial of 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard.
Leonard is charged with killing former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips at a pool party in Auburn in June 2012. DeMario Pitts of Opelika also was slain, and three people were wounded.
Testimony in past hearings indicated Leonard was hit with a bottle before the shooting began, and the defense claims he fired in self-defense.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the shootings.
Leonard was captured after an intense three-day manhunt that followed the killings.
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