Opening arguments delayed in murder trial

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A jury has been selected in the trial the man accused of fatally gunning down an American Idol hopeful outside a Savannah church.

Justin Redinburg is on trial for the murder of 21-year-old Marcus Allen. Allen's family told WTOC that he was getting ready to audition for American Idol before he was gunned down outside the Southside Assembly of God of Tibet.

Seven women and five men were selected as jurors. Following jury selection the jurors were sent to lunch, but when they returned one juror was visibly upset. She had a conflict with work and was too upset to serve on the panel. She was replaced with an alternate. After a very brief delay opening arguments began.

The prosecution told jurors they will bring two eyewitnesses to testify, but admit that the eyewitnesses are not choir boys, instead young men with a past.

The defense told jurors those two eyewitnesses didn't come forward until they were arrested for a separate crime, and the defense wants to know what the state offered them in exchange for their testimony.  The eyewitnesses are expected to take the stand on Wednesday.

Redinburg's family, as well as Allen's family were both in the courtroom listening to the testimony.

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