LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The trial is underway for two people accused of murdering a Marine outside of Lexington bar.
Quincinio Canada and Dawan Mulazim are accused of killing Jonathan Price and injuring his wife, Megan, in the June 2014 shooting.
The couple was celebrating Megan's birthday at Austin City Saloon. Investigators said the couple was talking outside of the bar on Woodhill Drive when they were approached by two men. Police said one man attempted to snatch a purse from Megan, and when her husband intervened, a short fight broke out.
Investigators say Jonathan was shot in the back, and Megan was shot in the leg.
Four years after the shooting, the trial is now underway following a weeks-long jury selection. Both suspects could face the death penalty.
Fayette County Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine getting the trial underway. Following directions given to the jury, opening statements will begin. pic.twitter.com/ZCba7OxXwq— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) June 13, 2018
The Commonwealth started with opening statements showing Price and his wife, stating the Marine "didn't die in combat like his brothers and sisters." The jury would listen to the 911 call Megan made after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. Prosecutors say the pair only stole $60 after the deadly shooting.
Mulazim's attorney would follow up with her opening statements, saying police "assumed" their suspects were Canada and Mulazim while disregarding evidence. One example the attorney is pointing to is DNA taken from under Jonathan Price's fingernails excludes both suspects. The defense is also arguing police photoshopped a face tattoo out of a picture of Canada which was used in a lineup.
Commonwealth now talking about a robbery Canada & Mulazim are accused of 6 days before the deadly shooting. Victims in that robbery were in town for a gun show. pic.twitter.com/YH09xNcJry— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) June 13, 2018
The prosecution's first witness was paramedic Shane Hansford. He had a handgun stolen during a Lexington hotel robbery six days before the deadly shooting. Prosecutors are tying the stolen weapon to the Price's murder.
Prosecutor Kimberly Baird going over photo lineup with robbery victim Shane Hansford. Hansford says looking at the picture of the man who robbed him makes him sick to his stomach. Identifies Mulazim in the courtroom as man in picture. pic.twitter.com/GJiTDgrQFQ— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) June 13, 2018
Hansford's wife was the second witness. She said she did not identify the suspects because she could not make a positive identification with complete certainty. The prosecutors' third witness, Mitchell Smith, was with the couple during the robbery.
Defense attorney asking Smith about Facebook post with an article about the robbery and a comment by him that said “If they didn’t all look alike they’d be dead” Attorney asks if he means black people? Smith replies hesitantly, ‘Yes’ https://t.co/Xl3lcG27iV— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) June 13, 2018
Wednesday's testimony concluded with prosecutors calling a Lexington police officer who responded to the robbery.
Lexington Police Officer Brandon Harris is next witness called to testify by the Commonwealth. He responded to motel robbery 6 days before deadly shooting. pic.twitter.com/9QLHqKZNeW— Hillary Thornton (@HillaryWKYT) June 13, 2018