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Two men are facing the death penalty as their trial begins for the alleged murder of a U.S. Marine. Quincinio Canada and Dawan Mulazim are accused of killing Marine Cpl. Jonathan Price, 26, and injuring his wife Megan Price in Lexington, Kentucky on June 21, 2014. The trial, taking place in Fayette County Circuit Court, is expected to begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Prosecutors claim that the Prices were talking outside the Austin City Saloon, where they had been celebrating Megan’s birthday, when two men approached them. They say one of the men allegedly tried to steal Megan’s purse, and when Jonathan tried to fight back, he got shot in the back, and Megan was shot in the leg.
Investigators believe that the weapon used to fatally shoot Jonathan Price had been stolen during a robbery several days beforehand. Further investigation connected Canada and Mulazim to both incidents.
The trial will finally be underway, after a series of delays that angered the victims’ family members. Public defenders had claimed they were not prepared due to heavy caseloads. The judge agreed to keep postponing, fearing that Canada and Mulazim would be deprived of effective representation otherwise and did not want to risk an appeal.
The trial is expected to last about four weeks, and will not be in session on Fridays due to other court business.