Day Two of Charlottesville Murder Trial

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

March 1, 2006

The jury heard from two key witnesses Wednesday in the trial of a Charlottesville man accused of killing a teenage mom.

Someone who was inside the home the night Azlee Hickman was killed and the medical examiner testified today.

A teenage girl told the jury she heard Billy Marshall Jr. fighting with Hickman the night she died in 2004. She recalled seeing Hickman on the floor and Marshall standing over her. She says she didn't tell police what she saw right away because she feared the same thing might happen to her.

The second key witness today was the medical examiner. She testified the cause of death was asphyxia most likely from compression of the jugular vein.

The jury is still waiting to hear from another key witness in this case, Hickman's estranged boyfriend who the Commonwealth says was also in the home the night she died. The Commonwealth is expected to wrap up its case Thursday.

If the jury finds Marshall guilty he could spend up to 40 years in prison.

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