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Trial Underway For Former Cop

Opening statements wrapped up Tuesday morning in the trial of a former police officer, charged with killing a young college student from Kentucky.

Prosecutors are now presenting their case, alleging the officer killed the Boyle County man to hide a gay love affair.

Steven Rios is getting his second chance at freedom with this trial after his first conviction was overturned. A Missouri appeals court said prosecutors used hearsay evidence.

Now, a Missouri jury must decide once again if Steven Rios is guilty of murdering 23-year-old Jesse Valencia in 2004.

Valencia was a Boyle County native and student at the University of Missouri when he was killed.

He was reportedly having a relationship with Rios, a married police officer at the time.

Witnesses said in the first trial that Valencia had talked about revealing the affair. Prosecutors say that's why Rios killed him, but that testimony was found to be hearsay, giving Steven Rios this second trial.

On Tuesday, a police officer and former co-worker of Rios just took the stand, describing the day Jesse Valencia's body was found.

More officers are expected to testify throughout the day.


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