Day one of the Rayquan Borum trial is adjourned

Day one of the Rayquan Borum murder trial concluded on Monday.

Borum faces first degree murder charges in the death of 26-year-old Justin Carr, who was shot and killed during riots that took place in uptown in 2016. The riots were in reaction to a fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith 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.

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. 


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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.

Prosecutors also presented more video evidence, showing the chaos and another reported angle of the shooting.  They also presented an image to the court, alleged to be of Borum, near the scene of the shooting.

Testimony in the afternoon centered on a CMPD homicide detective, who will be back up on the stand Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors showed video from security cameras that wasn’t entirely clear with the exception of one shot, alleged to be of Borum.

12 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 days, which the judge ruled as permissible during trial.

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