BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Burlington jury is set to hear a case that shocked local residents -- a man gunned down outside a bar just steps from Church Street.
Over the next week, alleged killer Chavis Murphy is scheduled to learn his fate. The Burlington man is on trial for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Obafemi Adedapo, an alleged drug dealer from New York.
It happened in December 2015 on lower Church Street outside the former Zen Lounge nightclub. Witnesses told investigators Murphy and the victim may have fought over a woman before Adedapo was shot.
"Was shot and killed on the sidewalk. Shot several times by a handgun. Despite efforts to administer CPR, despite rapid transportation to the University of Vermont Medical Center, he succumbed to his injuries," Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo told WCAX in 2015.
Court filings show detectives relied on witnesses and surveillance footage to identify Murphy as the shooting suspect. He was arrested in Massachusetts days after the killing. Police tracked him down by using a license plate reader and pinging his cell phone. Murphy has pleaded not guilty.
"Twelve of you will decide the verdict in this case of state and Chavis Murphy," Superior Court Judge Dennis Pearson told jurors Monday.
A jury comprised of 10 men and five women was seated and opening statements start Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.