Opening statements, witness testimony begins in December 2017 murder trial

Published: May. 23, 2023 at 5:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 27, 2023 at 10:13 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Day two of the Deborah Garner trial kicked off Tuesday with opening statements and witness testimony.

Garner is accused of shooting and killing 38-year-old Eric Jenkins in Savannah.

Prosecutors broke down security footage minute by minute from former Savannah bar The Jinx in the early morning of December 30th 2017.

That’s the day prosecutors say Deborah Garner murdered Eric Jenkins.

Two investigators who worked for the Savannah Police Department also testified showing body cam footage from the shooting scene and identified a black hat prosecutors say Jenkins was wearing when he was shot.

As for the defense, Garner’s lawyer asked Phan and the former Jinx employees about his client’s demeanor on Dec. 30 2017.

He said Garner served in the military before working as a civilian for the Department of Defense.

Garner was taken into custody in 2018 at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

Her lawyer says she isn’t a criminal and had to use deadly force to prevent harm to herself.

He says Garner will take the stand during the trial.