Opening statements began today in the trial of 24-year-old Chatham County jail inmate Leon McKinney. McKinney is being charged with murdering fellow inmate and former police officer William Deal, who was in jail for not paying child support.
McKinney is charged along with another inmate, Jospeh Williams. Williams pled guilty to malice murder in April. Prosecutors believe both men conspired to kill Deal so he would not reveal their escape plans.
McKinney faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.