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Posted: October 22, 2013 3:50 p.m.

McMullen found guilty of all counts

Ex-boyfriend accused of shooting 26-year-old

Darrell Everidge/The Covington News

Defendant Hannibal Wayne McMullen talks with his defense attorney, Terri Smith, at Tuesday's trial.

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3:40 p.m. : Defendant Hannibal Wayne McMullen has been found guilty of all counts. McMullen has been charged of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

 

Original story, Oct. 22: Ketitra Techelle Jones was killed in February 2012. Nearly two years later, the trial of the man accused of her murder, ex-boyfriend Hannibal Wayne McMullen, has begun.

"She had a smile that would light up a room," said Prosecutor Melanie Bell during her opening statement. "Six hundred and twenty days ago KJ’s life was cut tragically and brutally short. … There is nothing that mitigates hunting down a woman that doesn’t want to be with you anymore."

McMullen’s defense attorney, Terri Smith, told jurors that while the case was "emotional" and "tragic," the state would not be able to meet the burden of proof required to convict McMullen on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

"This case, while it is based on an absolute tragedy, is not as simple and as clear-cut as the state is describing to you," Smith said.

Jurors heard from friends of the victim, relatives of McMullen, law enforcement officers and a medical examiner throughout the day Tuesday.

The case will continue Wednesday with the prosecution wrapping up. It is not known if McMullen
will take the stand in his own defense.

 

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