Witness says she identifies Peachtree Mall murder suspect in surveillance footage

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The second day of testimony began in the Peachtree Mall murder trial Thursday morning.

The prosecution is now shifting to physical evidence, pointing back to the day 24-year-old Anthony Meredith was killed.

More witnesses to the March 2016 deadly shooting took the stand, and new evidence was introduced to the jury.

Graphic images of Meredith, once he was taken to the hospital, was shown to the jury in day two. In those pictures, Meredith can be seen with multiple gunshot wounds in his chest area.

An investigator from Columbus Police Department also offered up a new look outside of the shooting scene with new photo evidence and pictures.

"We have close up photographs of projectile markers, and that has the copper jacket on it, and it is deformed. You can see the lead from inside the jacket," said the investigator as picture evidence was shown in court.

More than 44 evidence markers were marked at the scene of the crime following the shooting, showing lead projectiles, shell castings, and bullet caps.

Another eyewitness testified today sharing what he saw and heard. He says he was outside of his truck with his daughter when the bullets went off.

"I heard two shots at first, then it was followed by 4 or five more. Then [the shooter] took off," said the eyewitness.

The prosecutors brought in a special witness today who identified to the court Xzavaien Jones in surveillance video released by the mall.

Attorney: "How can you tell that that's Xzavaien Jones?"
Witness: "The back of his head."
Attorney: "The back of his head?"
Witness: "Yes."

The defense argued that it is impossible to clearly identify who the person was from that surveillance video. But the witness was adamant it was him during cross-examination.

On Wednesday, jurors got the chance to see surveillance video showing the moments police say, Xzavaien Jones, Tekoa Young and Terrell McFarland killed Meredith.

Officers say it the shooting was revenge for an incident that happened beforehand.

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

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