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Kidnapped father takes stand in trial's opening arguments

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Open arguments have begun in the case of two men who are accused in a standoff and hostage situation that occurred on May 17, 2012.

It was on that day in downtown Savannah that police opened fire at a suspect accused of kidnapping a man. The other suspect Brian Jones is  accused of holding that kidnapping victim's son hostage.

Both suspects face a long list of charges and they're both pleading not guilty.

Defense attorney Richard Darden whittled away at Earl Hamilton's credibility. The father is a convicted drug dealer, records show. Police said they found scales, baking soda and other drug paraphernalia at his home on Milton Street.

Prosecutors aren't arguing that Hamilton is a criminal, but that he is a victim. The prosecution is hanging its case on the younger Earl's recollection of events on May 17, 2012.

The boy said he woke up that night to find Jones in his room with a bandanna over his face. He said Jones stuck a gun in his face and demanded his cell phone and kept him in his room all night while an accomplice robbed his father.  

The boy's father Earl Hamilton Jr. is currently testifying.

WTOC's Conny Cooper is inside the Chatham County courtroom and will have updates on THE News.

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Downtown Savannah standoff

Click here to view details on the May 17, 2012, standoff in the Savannah Historic District.

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