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Testimony underway in Opelika murder retrial

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Testimony has began in the second murder trial of an Opelika co-pastor, who allegedly shot and killed his daughter's abusive boyfriend.

Timothy Williams' first trial ended in a hung jury.

Prosecutors told the jury during openings, in August of 2012, Williams acted as a judge and jury the day he confronted Leon Grady and shot him in the neck because Grady had assaulted Williams's daughter. The victim and the defendant's daughter have a child together.

Opelika Police Officer, David Lane said, "Before police could arrest Grady for the assault, prosecutors say Timothy Williams found Grady and took justice into his own hands."

A juvenile witness testified for the state, he saw the defendant fighting the victim and when it was over, the defendant was walking away when Williams got a gun from his car, shot the victim and drove away.

"He said didn't I tell you about messing with my daughter, so he hit him and Leon said don't hit me and he hit him again, and that when they were fighting and someone in the crowd says he's got a gun," Deloris Henderson stated.

The defense says Williams will take the stand and testify that he acted in self defense. Williams claims the victim threw him to the ground and pulled the gun on him. The defense says Williams was trying to turn the gun away from his chest, when it fired.

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