Witness, investigators take the stand in murder-for-hire case
Lisa Graham's most recent photo. (Source: Russell County Sheriff's Office)
Lisa Graham's 2007 mugshot. (Source: Russell County Sheriff's Office)
Lisa Graham is accused of hiring a man to kill Stephanie Shea Graham on the evening of July 5th, 2007
RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -
Friday was the first day in the trial of a Russell County woman accused of having a hand in the death of her own daughter.
Lisa Graham is accused of hiring a man to kill Stephanie Shea Graham, her own flesh and blood, on the evening of July 5th, 2007.
News Leader 9 heard from police investigators and the truck driver who first found the body on Bowden Road on his way to work. The truck driver was a former Eufaula police officer. Even though it was late that night, the witness was able to spot the body on the side of the road through the darkness.
Prosecution had the floor all afternoon as they attempted to establish a timeline of events by asking witnesses to describe everything that occurred.
Sheriff's deputies described how the body was found with gunshot wounds to both the head and chest and showed graphic pictures to the jury.
Lisa Graham's family sat directly behind her and while they did not speak to news media, it appeared through their brief exchanges with the defendant that they support her and they are on her side.
Police say Stephanie's parents were visibly distraught when they were informed of their daughter's death. But the prosecution believes her mother already knew. Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved.