State crime lab unable to say bullet linked to suspected weapon in Marine's murder

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM EDT
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Day five of the Jonathan Price murder trial revealed more details about the deadly shooting, while defense attorneys worked to poke holes in the prosecution's argument.

The prosecution laid out more evidence against Quincinio Canada and Dawan Mulazim. Both are accused of murdering Price, a Marine who was with his wife outside Austin City Saloon in Lexington when he was shot and killed four years ago. His wife was injured in the shooting.

Prosecutors brought a new witness to the stand who claims Canada told him about the shooting.

"He said he was just on Woodhill and shot somebody," Antoine Woods testified.

Woods' testimony was questioned by defense attorneys not just because of his own criminal history, but also because he retracted that statement to police. Woods claimed he did that because he feared retaliation.

"I wasn't in jail 2 minutes and [Canada] and his boy jumped me ... then I got moved, and I got jumped again," Woods said.

Defense attorneys also raised questions about lead investigator Franz Wolff's work. They asked about a man who was not one of the defendants who sold the stolen handgun authorities say is linked to Price's murder. Wolff testified he believes that individual was selling the weapon for someone else.

The link prosecutors are making is the gun matches the serial number and make of a gun stolen six days before the deadly shooting. The two suspects are also suspected of that crime.

Lawrence Pilcher with the state's crime lab tested a bullet recovered from Price's body and a shell casing from the murder scene. Pilcher testified that he could not definitively say it was fired from the suspected gun, but that he also did not have enough to definitively rule that possibility out.

Prosecutors are expected to conclude Thursday.