CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The trial of a man accused of killing a man during protests in uptown Charlotte has begun.
Rayquan Borum is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Justin Carr in 2016, during riots that arose out of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
In opening statements Monday, prosecutors laid out the events of Sept. 21, 2016, saying that multiple security cameras throughout the city and around the Epicentre capture the moments before, during and after Carr’s shooting, and that Borum came with the intent to kill a police officer that evening.
The defense’s opening statements centered on their belief that the state and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department rushed the investigation to protect the city’s image, instead of seeking the truth, and that authorities failed to do gunshot residue and fingerprint testing.
FOX 46 's Derek Dellinger was in court and will have more on Monday's proceedings at 5 p.m.
Witnesses also took the stand for the prosecution. Among them, Vivian Carr, the mother of Justin Carr, who said she had talked with her son about 20 minutes before the shooting happened, and first learned of Justin’s fatal injuries about 30 minutes later.
Also taking to the stand were Jonathan Covington, the best friend of Justin Carr, who met with him the night of the Scott protests. Prosecutors also played footage where audio of a shooting can be heard, with the video showing the immediate aftermath, including Carr on the ground after being shot.
Ryan James was also a witness for the prosecution. A journalist and then-reporter for The Daily Beast, he saw the shooting happen, and said he saw an African-American man with dreadlocks and an average build holding a gun up right after the shooting and preparing to run, and also played a 911 call James had made to authorities the night of the shooting, describing what he saw.
Twelve jurors will decide Borum’s fate. Eight of the selected are women, with four of them being African-American, and four Caucasian.
Prosecutors are set to show an apparent confession video from Borum in the coming hours and days, which the judge ruled as permissible during trial.