Inmate says murder suspect confessed to being hired gunman

Inmate says murder suspect confessed to being hired gunman

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Compelling testimony took place on day three of the Montavious Askew murder trial in a Lee County courtroom Wednesday.

Dressed in a prison uniform because he is currently serving time for a robbery conviction, Jaquan Jarnigan was called to the stand by prosecutors.

Jarnigan testified he was being held at the Lee County Detention facility with the defendant, Askew, after he was arrested for murdering Andrew "Turk" Jones.

He testified that Askew told him inside the jail that he had been hired to kill Jones for $10,000.

Both the Opelika Police Department and the Lee County District Attorney's office was reached for comment on the veracity of Jarnigan's testimony. Both agencies declined to comment about the investigation during an ongoing trial, saying it could improperly influence the jury.

The prosecution is set to wrap up its case against Askew Wednesday afternoon, with the defense expected to call its witnesses starting on Thursday.

It's entirely possible that Askew may take the stand in his own defense, but it's unknown at this time. Askew's attorney says that her client did not shoot Jones, and someone else did.

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