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Week one of New Year's Day Murder Trial wraps up with more tension


The murder trial of two men accused of shooting a Columbus State University student during a New Year's celebration in 2013 wraps up its first week.

The week has been filled with tension, lots of emotion, and complexity.

Witnesses have disappeared and allegedly lied while testifying.

Now, one of the defendants says video News Leader 9 shot of the crime scene shortly after proves he's not guilty.

Dequandrea Truitt, 22, has maintained he is not the person that shot and killed 24-year-old Columbus State University Student Charles Foster Jr. during a New Year's celebration.

His attorney Stacey Jackson says exclusive video we shot of the crime scene proves Truitt not only was not the shooter but talked to police at the scene.

CPD detective Katina Williams testified she had a conversation with Truitt at Majestic Sports Bar on Cusseta Road after the shooting.

Williams testified she and Truitt stood on the corner and talked for well over 10 minutes.

Shortly after the shooting, Truitt reportedly fled to Tennessee. He turned himself in to police a few days later.

Truitt and codefendant Shaquille Porter each face two counts of murder, six of aggravated assault and two counts of using a firearm to commit a crime, the pair are facing life in prison.

The trail resumes Monday morning at 9.

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