Houston County Teen's Murder Trial: Jermontae Moss
The murder trial of 18-year-old Jermontae Moss is now under way. Moss is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Jose martin during a robbery in September of last year. Today witnesses took the stand to testify.
Javier Moreno listens to a 9-1-1 call he made in September of last year. He tells dispatchers at Houston 9-1-1, that somebody shot his boss, Jose Marin the owner of Marin Mexican Food Store as they were unloading goods from a truck around 10 o'clock that night.
That somebody he refers to is allegedly, Jermonte Moss, who was 17 years old at the time of the murder.
Today opening statements were heard for the Moss trial and key witnesses for the prosecution were up on the stand.
The focus of the trial for most of the day was on the 45 caliber gun found on the defendant, the clothes that he had on, and how close is proximity the store, his home, and where he was found were.
Many of the witness were asked to re-live the night including the arresting officer, Todd Roundtree of the Warner Robins Police Department, explains the arrest along with video surveillance from his patrol car, but the story took an interesting twist, when another man, with a similar story, took the stand.
Neftally Carado was held at gun point just the night before on September 21, 2011.
Though moss is not trial for shooting Carado, he confidently identified by the victim as being his shooter, and the prosecution says that the crimes show similar motive.
Both men say that were approached with a gun and then demanded to pay the young black male money.
Jurors heard from both lawyers, Houston county District Attorney, George Hartwig, for the state and Rodney Davis, representing Moss, along with several key witnesses before Judge George Nunn.