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Day Three of Jason Marshman's Murder Trial

August 6, 2008

Day three of Jason Marshman's murder trial is underway in Charlottesville.

Lawyers discussed final instructions for the jury during the hearing late today.

They'll offer closing arguments when the trial resumes tomorrow.

Marshman is accused of murdering William Herndon in Charlottesville in June of last year.

Prosecutors called several witnesses Tuesday, including Calvin Miller.

He testified that on the night of the murder, Marshman told him that he shot Herndon.

The defense argued that Miller is currently in jail on drug charges, and only testified to help his own case.

Monday was the first day of the week-long murder trial against Jason Marshman. Marshman is facing first degree murder charges stemming from the Hardy Drive shooting death of William Herndon, back in June of 2007.

The murder trial kicked off Monday with opening statements from the Commonwealth and the Defense. The Defense argued that the murder happened out of self defense, while the Commonwealth claimed there was a motive.

Defense attorneys said Marshman only shot Herndon because he believed Herndon was going to shoot him first. However, according to the Commonwealth, there was no gun on Herndon when police found his body.

It was not until later in the investigation that forensics found a gun hidden in an upstairs bedroom. According to former Charlottesville forensics officer, Casson Reynolds, it appeared that people inside the home had tried to clean up or hide evidence. Reynolds referenced a freshly mopped floor that, under a special light, still showed blood droplets.

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