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Murder trail begins for Emmanuel Perez


The first witnesses took the stand on Monday in Fort Stewart soldier Emmanuel Perez's murder trial.

The prosecution and defense wrapped up their opening statements, and neither side argued that Perez shot and killed Armando Montez outside a White Bluff Road tire shop one year ago.

The state said Perez was cool, calm and collected when he fired the gun and is guilty of premeditated murder.

"It was a close-range shot, execution," said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Breeden.

However, the defense claims Perez acted out in the heat of the moment and is guilty of only manslaughter.

"She tells him, ‘Armando gave me that ring. We're going to be together,'" said defense attorney Richard

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