February 21, 2006
The trial of an Albemarle County man accused of killing a Buckingham County teenager last year is underway.
The Commonwealth presented their case today in the death of 19-year-old Ashley Tony, the first murder in Albemarle County last year. Multiple witnesses testified at the Albemarle Circuit Court, including Tony's mother, sister, and best friend.
Each talked about what they remembered from the night of January 27 when Tony was shot and killed in a parking lot in Trophy Chase apartments along Commonwealth Drive. This happened after a fight broke out there.
Witnesses say they saw Green reach behind him as if pulling something out of his pocket or waistband and then heard gunshots.
The victim's sister testified she also saw Green with his arm outstretched and saw sparks coming from the end of it.
The defense is aiming to prove that Christopher Green did not pull the trigger, that in fact it was his cousin, Phillip Green, who was also there the night of the shooting.
Phillip was originally arrested for the crime, but a special grand jury later decided that Christopher was the one who should stand trial for Tony's death. The trial is set to continue Wednesday.
If convicted, Christopher Green faces up to 40 years in prison for felony homicide and a mandatory three-year sentence for a firearm charge.