Opening statements begin in trial of Auburn football player’s 2014 murder

(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - After a lengthy jury selection process, opening statements begin in East Alabama for the murder trial of Markale Hart, who's accused of killing an Auburn University football player.

The defense is sticking to their claim that both men involved in this incident were armed and that Markale Hart killed Jakell Mitchell in self-defense.

The prosecution questions why the defendant walked away from the incident without a scratch and Mitchell had a number of gunshot wounds if it was indeed in self-defense.

Mitchell is said to have had a stolen gun on him at the time he was murdered.

The prosecution believes even though Mitchell is not here to testify, images and autopsy of his body will tell the story.

Markale Hart did admit to shooting Mitchell at an earlier date but the prosecution says their job is to prove who fired shots and who tried to survive.

Both sides say the bullet wounds and the number of shots fired will tell the story in this case.

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