McKenzie Trial Opens

A Tallahassee man already convicted of one murder is now on trial for another one and he could face the death penalty for it.

Andre McKenzie is accused of shooting a 14-year-old in a dispute over drugs, but his lawyer contends it's a case of mistaken identity.

The apartments are empty now. A “No Trespassing” sign in the window, but in April of 1996, 14-year-old Kenrick Burney was shot in his second floor apartment and died just outside his front door.

"Only thing I did was went down the steps to the store and called 9-1-1. I came back and my wife was talking to him and I said, Man, don't leave me like this."

Andre McKenzie is now on trial for Burney's murder. A prison informant recently fingered him in the crime, but McKenzie's lawyer contends they have the wrong man. He says the only two eyewitnesses have disappeared and a woman who put McKenzie at the crime scene that night had admittedly been drinking.

"So we're talking about earlier in the day a little alcohol imbuement, later a little alcohol imbuement and she can say 'Yeah, the guy that I met and saw for the first time allegedly talking to Twin earlier that day was Mr. McKenzie," says Clyde Taylor, McKenzie's attorney.

Testimony will continue in court Thursday and a verdict is expected by week's end.

McKenzie was convicted of another murder in August. He was sentenced to life in prison on that charge. If he's convicted this time, he could face the death penalty.


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