Defense set to begin in SCAD student murder trial

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The state has rested its case in day five of the murder trial for two men charged with the death of a student from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Alex Cowart and John Adams are accused in the slaying of Sean Giroir, 20, during a home invasion and robbery in October 2010. The third suspect, Daniel Izzo, took a plea deal and testified Oct. 20 against Cowart and Adams.

The defense is scheduled to begin their argument on Tuesday afternoon.

Neither Alex Cowart nor John Adams testified.

The prosecution called three witnesses to the stand.

The first was the medical examiner who performed the autopsy Giroir. He described the areas Giroir was shot. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Brian Leppard also testified. with GBI.

The last person to testify before the court recess was Det. David Helm with the Sandy Springs Police Dept. He took photos of the items in the Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel in Sandy Springs where all three suspects were arrested. On the stand, he was shown several photos and asked to describe what was in each photograph.

On Monday, several detectives and the Comfort Inn's general manager testified.

Also on the witness stand was Michael Levi, who says he was at the Barnard Street home at the time of the invasion and was shot in the arm and hip.

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