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Defense team to call first witnesses in capital murder case

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By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Defense attorneys will call witnesses to the stand first thing Wednesday morning in James Williams' case.

He is accused of murdering store clerk Melvin Lovette, who was shot to death at the Conoco station on Drake Avenue in March 2007.

Williams told investigators it was an accident. He claimed he was trying to scare the clerk.

Williams was 17-years-old when the shooting happened.

Jarrad Pearsall is also charged with capital murder. His trial has not been set.

Huntsville Police Crime Scene Investigator Lisa Hamilton took the stand for the state Tuesday. She testified to numerous photos taken at the scene that day.

Also, survelliance video taken inside the Conoco was shown to jurors. The clip shows two masked individuals walk into the store, rob the clerk, shoot him, and then run out. The clerk then grabs the phone and falls to the floor dead.

Huntsville Police Investigator Michael Leftwich told jurors he interrogated Williams the day of his arrest. A video recording of that interrogation was played in court Tuesday. On the tape, Williams confesses to shooting the clerk.

He told investigators it was an accident, and that he was scared.

He also told investigators that his cousin, Jarred Pearsall, paid him $285 and gave him a Playstation to participate in the robbery.

The state is not seeking the death penalty, and Williams could take the stand in his own defense.

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