ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – In Limestone County Circuit Court, a family tragedy is on trial this week. Keith Daniel George, 39, is accused of murdering his nephew, Rusty George, 26. It will be up to the jury to decide if the shooting was self-defense.
Prosecutors spent the morning establishing their case against Keith Daniel George. Physical evidence, including photos of the scene, spent shell casings and other items were introduced into evidence. An eyewitness, Sara Evans, told the court she saw the elder George shoot his nephew.
The shooting occurred in March, 2009, following a family BBQ in Ardmore. George maintains the shooting was self-defense, that he tried to stop his nephew from leaving the family gathering because he’d been drinking. Authorities say there was an altercation between the two men that led up to the shooting.
But prosecutors say there’s more to it than that, claiming the younger George owed his uncle several hundred dollars for a pick-up truck and that the elder George wasn’t going to allow his nephew to drive away in it. The victim’s father, Russell George Sr., testified that the defendant talked about the debt constantly.
Prosecutors say they expect to wrap up their case Thursday, and then it will be up to the defense team to convince the jury the shooting was self defense.