Graphic details emerge in double murder trial

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Day two of a murder trial in Columbus wrapped up, as the state continues to present its side.

Soaked in blood and ripped from his body by paramedics, the clothes Jarvis Sanks wore the night he was murdered were displayed Tuesday.

Our cameras were rolling as a state medical examiner revealed the bloody shirts to the jury.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Sanks and 30-year-old Ronald Justin Coleman were shot with an SKS assault rifle during a robbery gone wrong at an alleged drug house on Lansing Avenue and Forrest Road back in 2008.

Rodney Pugh, the man the state says helped plan the deadly drug robbery, maintains his innocence.

From 911 tapes to crime scene photos, Assistant District Attorney Doug Breault starting building his case against Pugh who he says was party to the murders even if he didn't pull the trigger.

Pugh's attorney says codefendant Dezmond Cannon was the sole shooter and is already serving time for the crimes.

On the stand, the medical examiner revealed just how Sanks and Coleman were killed. Sanks, who prosecutors say was bending over when he was shot, was hit in the hip. The doctor says the bullet went out through his chest, hitting his aorta, a vital artery, and other organs.

Coleman, he says, was shot in the center of his chest, a thru and thru shot which he survived for eleven more days in the hospital before passing away due to complications.

The state says everything revolved around $6000 worth of marijuana that Pugh and Cannon wanted to steal.

Rodney Pugh's trial continues Wednesday at the Government Center in Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan's courtroom.

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