LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Graphic evidence may have been too much for one family member of the victim to see during a murder trial in East Alabama.
As jurors were being shown graphic pictures of the crime scene, that included the body of murder victim Richard Devore, a female relative of Mr. Devore, appeared to pass out. The jury was excused as an ambulance and EMT's were called in to assist her.
Thursday afternoon, in opening statements, prosecutors told jurors 24-year-old Gregory Gray stabbed his friend more than 30 times during an argument at the Garden District Apartment Complex just before Christmas in 2013.
Prosecutors told the jury the two friends got into a fight, but didn't go into specifics as to what the fight was about. Thursday afternoon jurors heard from the first officer on the scene.
Gray's defense attorney told jurors in his opening statements that Gray was injured in the fight too. Court documents indicate Gray alluding to police that he was acting in self defense. Gray fully cooperated with police, and took investigators to his Tuskegee home, to show them where he had left his bloody clothes and the knife allegedly used in the stabbing.
Testimony in the case resumes Friday. It is not clear if Gray will take the stand in his own defense. The case was supposed to begin Monday, but it was delayed when court sources say Gray had some sort of break down in the holding cell just before jury selection was set to begin.
Thursday afternoon, we learned a medical professional deemed Gray was fit to stand trial.