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Jury hears testimony from witnesses in Rapid City manslaughter trial


On Tuesday, a jury listened to testimony of the prosecution's witnesses in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing another man in a Rapid City motel parking lot early this year.

After the State and Charles Birds Head's attorney presented their opening statements to the jury, they then listened to the State's witnesses testify.

Witnesses who testified were at the crime scene back on January 7, 2013. They included police officers who were first responders and people who live and work at the South Dakota Rose Inn.

Some of the people who live at the motel say they heard people arguing and then heard a popping sound, but they didn't realize it was a gun shot at first.

One man who testified says he went outside and saw a man who had been shot, but he was still alive at the time.

Other people who testified include crime scene investigators, who talked about evidence they collected, which included clothing, and even a car from the scene.

A doctor testified that the cause of death for Eustacio Marrufo was gun shot wound to the chest.

30-year-old Birds Head is on trial for first degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 33– year–old Marrufo.

The jury also saw photos of the crime scene and surveillance video.

The prosecution still has witnesses who will testify on Wednesday.

The trail is slated for six days, so it is supposed to wrap up by Monday, August 5. But prosecutors and the defense attorneys are hoping it is done by Friday.

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A jury listened to opening statements Tuesday in the first-degree manslaughter trial for a man accused of shooting another man to death in a Rapid City motel parking lot early this year.   

In his opening remarks, Pennington County State's Attorney Mark VargoVargo told the jury that Birds Head came to the South Dakota Rose Inn on January 7th to deal drugs. Vargo said Eustacio Marrufo punched Birds Head and then Birds Head shot and killed Marrufo. Vargo said the case is about the why and the how.    

Defense attorney Jamy Patterson told the jury the case is about set-ups, cover-ups and lies. She says that's what the evidence will show. 

The jury also heard testimony Tuesday morning from prosecution witnesses, including a police officer and people who live and work at the hotel. The jury was also shown pictures of the crime scene and surveillance video. 

The trial is scheduled to last until Monday, August 5th.

Birds Head also is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager. He will have a separate trial on that charge later.

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