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Witnesses take the stand in Beaufort murder trial


Rajerick Knight, the man accused of shooting and killing Travis Sentell Holmes in a Subway restaurant in July of last year, now has his day in court. 

It's a crime that had many in Beaufort concerned about safety. On Tuesday, a number of witnesses took the stand at the Beaufort County Courthouse.

14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone called the killing a public execution. He showed the jury surveillance video that allegedly shows Knight murdering Holmes in the middle of the restaurant. Stone also played audio tapes of the 911 calls.

"Somebody just shot someone inside," said one witness who called 911.

During the first day of the trial, Stone called a number of witnesses to the stand, including employees who were working that night. They say Knight came in, ordered his subs and left. But then he came back.

"He walked up to Travis," said Cierra Thomas, who worked at Subway. "I thought they knew each other but I guess I was wrong. I heard a gun shot and I saw smoke and Travis fell on the counter."

Employees and customers said the two men never said a word to each other. Some witnesses also connected Knight to the getaway car. One woman said she saw the car speed away in the parking lot but didn't know what had happened until she walked up the restaurant to get dinner.

"I went to walk into the Subway and a man came out and fell onto the sidewalk," said Veta Moore. "He was bleeding from his nose and mouth and he was breathing really hard."

Knight's lawyer, Arie Bax, told the jury while they don't deny what happened, the case isn't that simple. He said why it happened is important to the case.

The state is expected to call another witness to the stand Wednesday morning before resting their case. The defense is also expected to call witnesses.  

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