Defense presents potential hiccup in James Anderson murder trial

Before jury selection could begin on Tuesday, defense attorneys in the James Anderson murder trial presented a potential hiccup in trial proceedings.

Defense attorney Eugene Ohm said he was unable to secure the attendance of a witnesses for next Thursday, the start of the defense’s portion of the trial for Dujuan Garris. Ohm said he hoped to put the witness on the stand the following Monday, a scenario Judge Milton Lee was not in favor of.

Judge Lee said the delay was “unacceptable” and ordered Ohm to try to secure the witness’s arrival to court for the start of the defense’s case on Thursday, March 16. Lee further explained that he does not want to push the proceedings because the jury would then have a gap day between testimonials.

The prosecution is scheduled to begin their five day case on Wednesday.

Garris, 21, is being held without bond as he faces first-degree murder charges.


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