Trial Begins for Teen Charged in 2012 Decatur Murder

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The trial of 18-year-old Jameson Staten of Decatur began Tuesday morning in Morgan County Circuit Court.  He is charged with murder and hindering prosecution.

When proceedings resumed after lunch, the state called a 23-year veteran investigator with the Decatur Police Department to the stand.

The investigator testified he marked shell casings found at the scene of Chestnut Street in the early morning hours of June 2, 2012.

Jurors viewed crime scene photos depicting multiple bullet holes, blood spatter and even the body of Glenn Blackwood.

Prosecutors claimed Jameson Staten was downstairs serving as a lookout while Blackwood was shot, but Staten’s lawyers argued he had no knowledge of the ongoing crime.

“He didn’t go there to kill or rob anybody,” said defense attorney Griff Belser of his client.

Prosecutors maintain Staten was an accomplice in Blackwood’s killing carried out by 19-year-old Lorin Wilson of Decatur.

Wilson pleaded guilty Monday to shooting Blackwood, 33, with a .38 caliber pistol.

Wilson will likely testify against Staten in return for the three-year prison sentence he received.

Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Thompson will sentence Lorin Wilson on September 10.

Steven King received a 20-year split sentence. King gave oral and written statements revealing he drove Wilson and Staten to Blackwood’s home where prosecutors say Wilson shot Blackwood five times.

Jameson Staten has been in the Morgan County Jail since May because he violated his release to pretrial community corrections.

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