Ashley Mack, Jonathan Guy (Source: Colonial Heights Police)
Francis Blaha (Source: Colonial Heights Police)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -
Thursday marked day one in the trial for the first of four suspects accused of murder by mob. Jonathan Guy is accused in the beating death of his cousin, 21 year old Rusty Mack back in February.
In court Thursday, the state played audio recorded by the victim's neighbor. You could hear Mack intoxicated, upset --verbally confronting his alleged attackers before they arrived to his home. Then later, there was a cell phone video from one of the suspects on the scene of the deadly brawl.
In it, Mack was asking his alleged attackers to leave.
Mack died at a Richmond hospital days after police say four people brutally attacked him outside of his Colonial Heights home. Guy had been dating his cousin's estranged wife. In court - witnesses say that's what upset the victim. During an outside brawl, the prosecutor says Guy contributed to Mack's beating death. But Guy's defense said it was another suspect - not yet on trial - who threw the deadly blow.
Rebecca Lawson watched the commotion unfold outside her window and called 911.
"I don't want anybody to be prosecuted or held accountable for something they didn't take part in or didn't do. Although they all came over there together, I just want justice to be served for both parties," Lawson said.
Mack's father also testified Thursday. Prosecutors showed him photos of his 21 year old son alive and then, of him dead.
The trial continues Friday morning with the defense's witnesses.
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