LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The first day of testimonies began in the second capital murder trial for Mason Sisk, a teenager charged with killing five family members, on Tuesday.
Sisk was 14 when he was charged with killing five family members, including three young children. He is now 18 and if he is convicted of capital murder he will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jury was finalized around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. It is comprised of 10 men and 4 women, two of these members are alternates in the event a jury member can not finish the trial.
Once the jury was seated opening statements began with assistant Limestone County District Attorney Bill Lisenby presenting the prosecutions case to the jury.
The prosecution claimed that Sisk was “fed up” which led him to kill five members of his family.
Following the prosecution’s opening statement Shay Golden, Sisk’s defense attorney, stated that the evidence is not as clear as the state claims or we wouldn’t be here. Golden was referring to Sisk’s first trial that was declared a mistrial.
His first trial ended after prosecutors informed the court that a crime lab had cracked open the password to Sisk’s mother’s cell phone during the trial, prompting Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise to declare a mistrial.
Golden stated to the jury that no gunshot residue has been found on Sisk. He closed his opening statement by asking the jury to look at the every aspect of the case regardless of the difficulty of the trial.
The state has called several witnesses so far. These witnesses included school employees, family friends and first responders on the scene of the crime.
All of the witnesses were called to testify in the original trial.
The trial is ongoing and News 19’s Brian Lawson is in the courtroom; you can follow his live updates here on this blog as they happen.
Court dismissed for the day at approximately 5:15 p.m. and will resume at 8:45 a.m. on April 19.