Marine Murder Trial: Defense Grills White Robbery Witness About Racist Facebook Post (WATCH)

In the trial over murdered U.S. Marine Cpl. Jonathan Price, the defense got a white state witness to confirm he wrote a racist Facebook post. Defendants Quincinio Canada, 26, and his uncle Dawan Mulazim, 34, are African-Americans.

Prosecutors said the duo robbed the victim and his wife Megan Price outside a Lexington, Kentucky saloon on June 21, 2014. Cpl. Price fought back and was killed. Mrs. Price was shot and injured. Authorities claim the murder weapon was actually stolen six days before during a robbery at a Quality Inn. One of the victims in that crime, Mitchell Smith, took the stand Wednesday afternoon. That day, he had been in town to sell weapons at a gun show.

The defense pressed him on a Facebook post he made after the day after the robbery.

“This Was Me And and [sic] bro If They All Didn’t Look Alike They Would Be Dead,” he wrote in a post from June 16, 2014. Under cross-examination, he confirmed that by “they,” he meant black people.

“That was written out of anger,” he said on the stand.

Smith later picked out two alleged perpetrators out of a lineup that ended up linking Canada and Mulazim to the Quality Inn robbery.

Jessica Hansford, who was also there at the Quality Inn robbery, said she could not 100 percent identify anyone from a photo lineup. Her husband Shane, who owned the .45 handgun that took Price’s life, said he identified Mulazim from the shooting.

A defense lawyer said in opening statements that this is a matter of mistaken identity. DNA evidence would exonerate them. Canada and Mulazim face the death penalty if convicted of charges of murder, first-degree robbery, and first-degree assault.

[Screengrab via Law&Crime]

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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