Transcript for Murder Trial Begins for Former UNC Football Player
begin with the murder trial for a former football player at the university of North Carolina. He's accused of pushing a man out of a bar in front of a moving car. The defense claims that Kenan gay was only trying to protect his girlfriend from harassment. We have someone in the street. Reporter: This morning, some are calling what happened, an accident. The other side, murder. There's a guy laying in the road. Possibly dead. He got hit by a car. Reporter: This is the frantic calls for help outside of ed's tavern. The driver who was not charged, also called police. And said he couldn't stop. Police did arrest 23-year-old Kenan gay, saying he shoved Kingston into the street after a fight at the bar. He's on trial for second-degree murder. He is a law student and a former North Carolina university football player, out with his girlfriend, who is now his wife. He said he was defending her. The fellow was putting his hands on my client's girlfriend. My client was trying to get her away from him. And it was right near the road. Reporter: Gay is pleading not guilty. Jurors being selected today will most likely hear that Kingston was drunk. According to police reports, his blood alcohol level was four-times the legal limit. But jurors will hear from the bar owner. The suspect didn't pause. Ran straight towards the sidewalk. Stopped at the end of the sidewalk. And tossed him into the street. Reporter: Witnesses say that gay looked just as shocked as everyone else when Kingston was killed. But then ran and had to be chased down. Blonde, tall guy about 6'3", 6'4". Reporter: Gay could get up to decades in prison if he's convicted. Steve osunsami, ABC news, Atlanta. Let's talk to Dan Abrams. Pretty straightforward case. The facts become so important here. On the one hand, you have the bar owner, taking this guy and throwing him into the street. Right? That's not just protecting your girlfriend. That's taking someone, removing him from the bar. Walking him, in effect, into traffic. If the jury believes that, that's murder. The defense says, that's not what happened. What happened is, he simplyxd trying to get this guy off his girlfriend. Pushes him. The guy stumbles into the road and gets hit by traffic. So, the surveillance camera, critical. The surveillance camera is going to be very important, as is the T!k)%5=9e of his now-wife. She becomes crucial in this case. Wouldn't you expect she's going to defend him? And she may prevent him from having to testify. You expect she will support his account. But if she's able to support each and every part of his account, she says she was being harassed by this guy. That's where the surveillance tape is going to be important. Does it seem like she was encouraging at all? Et cetera, that becomes important in the context of the case. She is going to likely say, I was trying to get him off me. I wanted this guy away from me. My then-boyfriend comes up, protects me, pushes him, and the guy falls. How about the fact that gay ran away? I don't think that's going to be a make or break issue. It's not helpful to the defense. But it's not going to be the key to the case. There you see, a picture of the bar and how far it is from the street. The question is, will a jury believe that he pushes him from the bar. The guy literally stumbles until he gets to the road and gets hit by a car. Okay. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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