With a life on the line and grieving parents on both sides of the isle, prosecutors began to state their case.
“She trusted the police to protect her and they failed her and she trusted this defendant not to execute her and dump her body in a ditch, but that is what he did,” said deputy prosecutor Georgia Cappleman.
Confidential Police informant Rachel Hoffman was shot and killed in May of 2008 during a botched drug sting.
Deneilo Bradshaw and his Brother-in-law Andrea Green were arrested for the shooting.
In the courtroom the two defendants are hoping the jury will believe the other guy bulled the trigger.
Bradshaw’s attorneys say Green threatened to kill their client if he didn’t play ball.
“This young man had to make a decision while he was staring down a gun that’s just been fired, apparently without remorse,” said defense attorney Clyde Taylor.
Prosecutors aren’t buying it and say Bradshaw is still guilty even if he didn’t shoot Rachel.
“It just doesn’t matter, because under the law both the defendant and Andrea Green were equally responsible for her murder,” said prosecutor Frank Allman.
While the prosecution and the defense argued their cases, both agree Rachel would still be alive if police hadn’t made mistakes.
If the jury finds Bradshaw guilty of first degree murder the court will hold a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.
If at least seven of the 12 jurors vote for the death penalty after that hearing, Bradshaw would face execution.