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Fairfield County Prosecutor Says Accused Burglar Should be Responsbile for Homeowner Killed in Police Shooting
LANCASTER (Tara Morgan) -- A prosecutor wants an accused burglar to be held responsible for the death of a homeowner killed in a police shooting.
Jurors in the trial of David O'Neal heard opening statements Wednesday.
O'Neal is accused of breaking into a home then stealing a police cruiser during his getaway attempt after struggling with Destin Thomas who was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer last July.
Jurors visited the area of the crime scene on Brooke Boulevard.
"If those people who burglarized Destin's house on July 17th did not commit those crimes Destin would still be alive," said Fairfield County prosecutor Gregg Marx.
O'Neal's attorney says his client is not responsible for murder.
"David ONeil's blood was on all of that stuff the weapon that caused the cut the person who wielded that weapon exactly who O'Neal struggled with none of the evidence tells us that," said Tom Elwing.
O'Neal could face a life sentence if convicted.
The prosecutor plans to call some 40 witnesses during two week trial.
Testimony resumes Thursday morning in Lancaster.