With one of his last breaths, Uyer Hooper identified his killer, prosecutors said during a hearing before the murder trial begins for the accused.
The case against Dejuan Etheredge is expected to head to trial Feb. 10 and last through Feb. 13.
According to police, on Sept. 6, 2015, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Hooper was one of two men allegedly shot by Etheredge. Etheredge and the other victim was taken to a local hospital. Hooper was declared dead at the hospital and the other man survived.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor said they plan to call detectives as witnesses to discuss what was said between them and the victim.
On Tuesday, the government argued that suspect’s drug dealings were his motive leading him to kill the victim. The judge dismissed the argument and said the suspect’s criminal profile had no relevance.