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    Prosecutors: Trial is question of who was trying to kill, survive

    Lee County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jessica Ventiere raised her hand and counted to five during opening statements Tuesday evening to indicate the number of times Auburn University football freshman and Opelika Native Jakell Mitchell was shot when he was killed nearly three years ago.

    “This is not a case of who did it. We know who did it,” Ventiere said, indicating Hart. “Here’s the question you’re going to have to answer: Who was trying to kill, and who was trying to survive?”
    Prosecution and Defense Presents Opening Statements in Markale Hart Murder Trial

    The defense brought the jury back to that night.

    He said Jakell Mitchell showed up to the party that night under the influence, angry and armed with a stolen gun.

    Hart’s defense attorney also said that Mitchell pointed the gun first and shot 11 times before Hart fired that fatal shot in self defense.
    Markale Hart Trial: Jakell Mitchell’s Former Girlfriend & Cousin Take the Stand

    Huguley testified that the defendant was the first to pull the trigger.

    Hughley said he tried to shove her out of the way before the shooting happened.

    The prosecution contends, only then, did Mitchell try to fight back.

    “As Markale shot Jakell, Jakell stumbled down and he tried to get back up. As he tried to get back up, Jakell tried to grab his gun and shoot back, but he fell again and Markale kept shooting and then he (Markale) ran,” said Hughley.

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    Day Two of Deliberation: Jurors Become “Hostile” & Did Not Reach A Verdict

    http://www.wltz.com/2017/12/11/day-o...reach-verdict/

    “We are not getting anywhere and it’s getting hostile,” said Lee County Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes.

    So, the judge called jurors back into court for a second time Monday, and challenged them, saying”

    “If not you, then who? What would make you think we can start all over from scratch and find 12 better people?” said Judge Hughes.

    He said with the mass of evidence in front of them, there is still plenty of room for a verdict.

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    Mistrial declared in Hart murder trial

    the jury said it had failed to reach a verdict.

    The case is expected to return to the Lee County Justice Center, in Opelika, in February for retrial.

    http://www.oanow.com/news/opelika/mi...fb3adb992.html

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    Attorney withdraws from defending man accused of murdering former Auburn football player

    http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/ind..._defend_1.html

    Jerry Blevins filed a motion in Lee Country Circuit Court last week to withdraw from defending Markale Hart due to "an irreconcilable conflict" between the two. Lee County Circuit Court judge Christopher Hughes granted Blevins' motion on Friday and appointed Harold Patrick to serve as Hart's attorney in the case, which has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning and is set for a retrial on Feb. 26.

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    Markale Hart 'walking out the door' after manslaughter plea in Mitchell's death

    Markale Hart pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter in the shooting death of Auburn University football player and Opelika native Jakell Mitchell. As a result, Hart is in the process of being transferred to Tallapoosa County.

    The Lee County District Attorney’s Office offered Hart a plea agreement of a split 10-year sentence with credit for time served and three years of probation to avoid retrial – which was scheduled for Feb. 26. The plea agreement was done for the sake of Mitchell’s family, said District Attorney Brandon Hughes.
    http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/ind...guilty_to.html

    "After discussions with the Mitchell family, and based on what we were able to learn after the previous trial, a plea offer was made," Lee County Distrcit Attorney Brandon Hughes said. "Today Markale Hart admitted to recklessly causing the death of Jakell Mitchell. The plea offer was not an easy decision nor was it made in haste. Jakell's killer admitted his guilt and the case is now over."

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