Trial for murder of former AU football player pushed to mid-2017

Jakell Mitchell. (Source:
Jakell Mitchell. (Source:

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – The trial for the man accused in the deadly shooting of an Auburn football player nearly 2 years ago has been pushed back, according to

The trial of Markale Hart was requested to be pushed back to mid-2017 due to one of the three key witnesses for the defense currently being stationed in Kuwait with the Alabama National Guard.

Hart is charged in connection with the December 2014 shooting death of Jakell Mitchell at the Tiger Lodge Apartments. Mitchell was a tight end on Auburn's football team.

The trial has been rescheduled to June 12, 2017.

In a preliminary hearing, an Auburn detective testified Mitchell was in a verbal argument with Hart's cousin Tyrone Rowe.

The argument moved to the parking lot, where the detective testified both Hart and Mitchell were armed with weapons and exchanged gunfire.

The detective says based on statements from witnesses, police believe Hart fired first.

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