Testimony Continues in Maxwell Murder Trial

Testimony continues today in Chatham County Superior Court in a trial of a man accused of committing a murder during last year's Memorial Day weekend.

About 4:30am the morning of May 25, 2002, 34-year-old Jarvis Maxwell was shot nine times as he stood outside a Yamacraw Village apartment. He died at the scene. The first man to testify in the case pointed out a man he said was the gunman, 30-year-old Joseph Washington, charged with malice and felony murder. The witness says he heard shots, saw Maxwell fall and Washington calmly leave the scene.

But the defense attorney noted the witness was two hours off in his estimation of the time of the shooting. The prosecutor says the case will be based on the eyewitness and fingerprints matching Washington's found on the magazine of the suspected murder weapon and bullets from the victim.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com