Jurors shown video of Wal-Mart shooting

Calvin McMillan
Calvin McMillan

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - In an Elmore County courtroom, jurors watched graphic surveillance video from the night a Millbrook man was shot and killed in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The alleged shooter, 20-year-old Calvin McMillan is on trial for capital murder. Lawyers presented opening statements Tuesday.

"He is not guilty," said McMillan's defense lawyer.

Attorney Bill Lewis, Jr. told jurors there simply isn't enough evidence for a conviction.

"It's a sad situation, but that doesn't make Calvin guilty of it," he said.

But prosecutors say they have plenty of evidence -- 120 exhibits to be exact, including surveillance video provided by Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart District Manager Dave Atchley was among the first witnesses to testify.

"I saw a body laying in the parking lot and I immediately went inside and started looking at the camera system," he said.

Prosecutors contend McMillan and another man, Ron Darrell Williams, drove to the Millbrook Wal-Mart to steal a vehicle. They allegedly chose Bryan Martin's pick-up truck.

District Attorney Randall Houston says the surveillance video shows what happened next.

"McMillan walks over to Bryan and points something at him," Houston told jurors. "There's no sound in the video, but I submit that he shot Bryan, leaving him lying in the Wal-Mart parking lot where he dies."

Prosecutors are also expected to present fingerprint evidence proving McMillan was in Martin's truck. They are seeking the death penalty.

Co-defendant Ron Derrell Williams pleaded guilty to the murder earlier in the week and therefore won't face trial. He is expected to testify against McMillan.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

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