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COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A murder trial is underway in Colbert County this week, as the jury heard opening statements in connection with a deadly home invasion.

27-year-old Dorian Hamilton died after being shot during an attempted robbery in a Sheffield home in February 2013. Police arrested Fernando King and several others with his murder. King is the first to go to trial.

During jury selection Monday, every time the assistant district attorney brought up potential scenarios jury members may hear in trial, King hung his head and stared at the floor.

King is charged with felony murder in the case. Prosecutors said King participated in the robbery at the home on Sterling Boulevard the night of Hamilton's murder. Investigators said two masked men burst into a home where Hamilton was a guest.

Investigators said Hamilton tried to keep the men out of a back bedroom when someone shot him through the door.

Damien Shipley pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the case. Officials said he is currently undergoing a mental evaluation. Prosecutors said a fourth person, Crystal Riddle, could testify against the men on a possible plea deal. Riddle is accused of driving the getaway car.

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