LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A frantic 911 call and witness testimony highlighted Monday’s retrial of a man accused of killing a U.S. Marine in Lexington five years ago.
Police say Jonathan Price was shot and killed while being robbed by two men outside Austin City Saloon in 2014.
His wife, Megan, was also shot, but survived.
36-year-old Dawan Mulazim was tried for murder last year but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on some of the charges against him, which led to this retrial.
Monday was day two in the retrial of Mulazim for Price’s 2014 murder.
Mulazim was tried last June along with his nephew, Quincinio Canada.
Canada was acquitted of murder and assault in that June 2014 shooting.
Jonathan was with his wife at the time, in the parking lot of the Lexington bar when two men approached them with guns demanding money, according to police.
Megan’s testimony was that her purse was then taken and she was shot in the leg. She says Jonathan tried fighting back and was then shot as well.
In the trial last year, both Canada and Mulazim were found guilty on robbery charges from a separate event. Both received lengthy sentences but no murder convictions.
Mulazim can be retried because the jury couldn’t agree on a verdict for the murder charge.
The commonwealth called up several witnesses Monday; Jonathan’s mother, Debbie, his wife Megan, law enforcement and first responders.
Megan’s 911 call from that early June morning was played for the jury.
“Jonathan, I love you. Jonathan, I love you.” says the call. Megan was emotional hearing her own voice in court.
Megan talked about being shot which made her unable to reach Jonathan who was laying face down in the parking lot.
The commonwealth asked her about doing a lineup of the two men who robbed and shot them both.
“Did you do a photo lineup? I did not. Why not? I was afraid that I wouldn’t choose the right person,” a conversation between the commonwealth’s attorney and Megan.
Surveillance video was also played for the jury showing the parking lot where the shooting took place but Jonathan and Megan are out of view.
You can see the two men walking up and then some commotion going on.
The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.