Two were shot, one fatally, and two men are locked up because of an argument over a lost lockbox that was never really lost.
It doesn't get much more senseless than that, attorneys on both sides told jurors Monday.
However, a defense attorney challenged jurors in opening statements of the first-degree murder trial to make sense of witnesses' accounts of who shot and killed Adrian Lessley over the lockbox of valuables on Nov. 10, 2010.
Attorney Beau Finley urged jurors — who will decide Kevin Watt's fate — to scrutinize the credibility of witnesses who say they saw Watt open fire outside a house at 3116 Lincoln Blvd. in northeast Omaha. Several shots hit Lessley, killing the 25-year-old. Another shot hit Jason Marion, then 33, in the back of the shoulder.
Some of the shooting witnesses have felonies on their records, Finley said. Some had been drinking, he said, and at least one had used PCP.
Watt, 25, faces life in prison if convicted after the weeklong trial.
Prosecutor Katie Benson told the jury of 10 women and two men that witnesses will identify Watt as arriving at the house during a melee on the porch.
Co-defendant Jeromie Wade, 28, had gotten into a fistfight with Marion over a lockbox that belonged to Wade's girlfriend and was believed to be missing. (It was later found hidden in the basement of the home.)
Watt left the porch, went to his vehicle and returned with a rifle, Benson said. At least eight shots rang out, and Lessley and Marion were hit.
"Kevin Watt is the only one who walked off the porch," Benson said. "He's the only one in the yard. He's the only one shooting."
Onlookers ducked for cover, Benson said, but the only person who left the scene was Watt, Benson said.
In fact, she said, he left town — and wasn't arrested until weeks later, in Arizona.
Finley told jurors no physical evidence will connect Watt to the shooting: no DNA, no fingerprints, no murder weapon.
And he challenged jurors to ask themselves how much the witnesses could see on a pitch-black November night.
Further, Finley said, Watt's girlfriend and others will testify that Watt was on the other side of Omaha, at his girlfriend's place, at the time of the shooting.
"The state relies on witnesses who are unreliable and not credible," Finley said. "It's a road to nowhere."
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