Murder trial continues in Mercer County

Local - 3/20/2013 4:15 PM by Lauren Haviland
PRINCETON  - The trial of Mercer County man charged with First Degree Murder continues Wednesday.

Marcus McKinley, 26, is facing a murder charge after Ayana Patton, 18, was shot and killed in at the Opera House Apartments in downtown Bluefield.

Wednesday jurors heard testimonies from Bluefield Police officers and detectives, Child Protective Services and a family friend of Patton.  He said going through this trial has been extremely hard, especially on her mother.

"It's been hard, because I mean we loved Ayana and just some of things Marcus did we just can't even see him doing, but it's just been hard. It's even harder on her mother that she no longer has a daughter," Thomas Reed Jr. told Newswatch.

The trial continues through the end of the week in Judge Omar Aaboulhosn's court room.

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