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Opening statements delivered in Marty Roe murder trial

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A jury of eight women and six men will decide the fate of a man accused of gunning down a Lexington doctor. Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Marty Roe.

Dr. Martha Post was shot and killed nearly two years ago outside her practice. The commonwealth presented Marty Roe as obsessive over Dr. Post. The defense, though, says there could be someone else responsible.

Post was killed in her van outside her dermatology practice on September 1, 2011. A few days later, police in Ohio arrested Marty Roe. Prosecutors say Roe had worked for Post as a handyman for a time and was allowed to live in the basement of her practice. Prosecutors said Post had fired Roe after inappropriate behavior. They say Roe left Post several voicemails professing his love for her and insisting she call him back. They say the gun that fired the shots that killed Post was found in Roe's van and he had been seen in the area around the time of the murder.

The defense, though, painted a different picture. Off the bat, they told the jury to follow the money. They shifted the focus to Post's husband, Dr. Robert Truitt. They say Dr. Post had been helping Truitt's practice in the same building, but that income was falling.
They say Truitt would have gained financially from Post's death.

As of noon Tuesday, a couple of witnesses have been called. The trial is pausing for lunch and will pick back up Tuesday afternoon.


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