Trial Underway in Murder of Teenage Mother

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

February 28, 2006

Today a jury began hearing testimony in the trial of a Charlottesville man accused of killing a teenage mother.

Billy Marshall Jr. is charged with second degree murder in the strangling death of 18-year-old Azlee Hickman.

Hickman was found dead in her home on Carlton Avenue in March 2004.

The Commonwealth began outlining its case against Marshall Tuesday afternoon. They say Marshall killed Hickman because she threatened to tell authorities he'd been drinking, which was something that could have sent him back to jail.

The defense says there's no proof Marshall committed the murder; no strangulation marks on Hickman’s neck; no conclusive DNA evidence and they say there's another person who could have killed her.

The trial is expected to wrap up on Thursday. Marshall could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison if convicted on second degree murder charges.

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