Opening statements underway in Peachtree Mall murder trial

Surveillance video from inside the Peachtree Mall. (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
Surveillance video from inside the Peachtree Mall. (Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – After nearly two days of jury selection for the Peachtree Mall murder trial, opening statements will be underway on Wednesday.

The three suspects, Xzavien Jones, his sister, Tekoa Young, and Terrell McFarland all face charges of murder, aggravated assault, and gang membership.

The deadly shooting claimed the life of 24-year-old Anthony Meredith on March 26, 2016.

Tense moments inside the courtroom as opening statements and witness testimonies are underway.

The most prominent being the surveillance video shown of the moments of the shooting.

In the video, you can see the apparent shooting as it happened outside the doors of Peachtree Mall.

Panic immediately erupting as shoppers ran in all directions.

Another surveillance video was also shown from outside the mall showing the alleged defendants cars as they fled the scene.

This was presented as well as witness testimonies detailing what they saw, and heard.

Attorneys from both sides attempting to convey their arguments during opening statements.

"There was ample motive, there was opportunity and there was planning," said Alonza Whitaker, the lead prosecutor.

"There is nothing more he can say," said attorney Tim Flourno, representing Xzavien Jones.

News Leader 9's Sharifa Jackson will bring you updates of the trial as it continues on Twitter.

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