Two men stand trial for murder of slain Army vet

Patrick Satterfield (on left) and Christopher Young (on right)
Patrick Satterfield (on left) and Christopher Young (on right)

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A murder trial is underway in Columbus for two men accused of robbing and killing an elderly Army vet in his home.

Patrick Satterfield and Christopher Young are standing trial together for the murder of a 78-year-old man during what prosecutors say was a deadly home invasion and burglary.

Jurors heard opening statements in the case Monday afternoon and the suspects attorneys presented their defense for the first time.

Assistant District Attorney David Helmick call Patrick Satterfield the "puppet master" behind the shooting death of 78-year-old Richard Boynton in his Carver Park home in East Columbus back in December of 2008.

According to the state, Satterfield planned the whole thing, wanting to get inside the elderly veteran's home to get cash he thought was stored in a shoe box.

Prosecutors say Satterfield was friends with the victim's grandsons who lived with him from time to time and three months before the murder, they all took part in another home invasion and armed robbery of a poker game. The state says Satterfield felt he was entitled to the money stashed in Boynton's house that the crew had accumulated through their criminal enterprise.

And if Satterfield is the alleged "brains" behind the crime, prosecutors call Christopher Young the "brawn," saying he was the triggerman who shot Boynton in the chest.

The state says the duo never called 911 to help the elderly man and left him for dead.

Satterfield's attorney, Dorothy Williams, says he never went inside the victim's home when he realized someone was there and that he never planned to hurt or harm anyone.

Young's attorney, Scott Phillips, denies he had anything to do with the murder, saying he was not in Boynton's house that night.

The jury will start to hear evidence and testimony in the case Tuesday morning in a courtroom at the Columbus Government Center Downtown.

Patrick Satterfield and Christopher Young have pleaded not guilty to malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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