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Trial begins for man accused of January shooting in Steubenville

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 05:59 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio --  Witnesses took the stand Tuesday during the trial of a man who has been accused of shooting another man in Steubenville.
Police arrested Alterik Rogers after he allegedly shot another man, Robert Washington, in the leg on the evening of Jan. 4, 2014.Washington was OK and did not have to go to the hospital for his injury.
"I can still see the grin that was on his face when he pulled the trigger on me," Washington said. "There's no doubt in my mind that it was Alterik Rogers that shot that gun that night, January 4."
Washington went on to explain a list of problems he has had his with former neighbor, the 39-year-old Rogers who is accused of firing multiple shots at Washington's Jeep Cherokee around 6 p.m. on Jan. 4.
Two witnesses took the stand, each claiming they heard the shots and saw a white car when it happened.
"I heard gunshots so I ran out to my window in my bedroom because my son was outside playing to make sure my son was OK," the first witness said. "And a man with a grey hoodie ran back to the white car. He didn't turn his lights on or anything. Then he sped off."
The second witness claimed to see a white car after he heard shots fired, a white Acura that a detective said belonged to Mr. Rogers.  
"I got up, looked out the window,  I seen a white car parked on State Street, which is off of my street," the second witness said.
Through his defense attorney, Rogers denied all of those allegations.
A tape of Rogers, recorded after the incident by police officers, features Rogers describing what happened that night.  He said he was on his way to buy marijuana when he heard gun shots. That's when he said he got scared and got out of his car to see if anyone was shot. He says he was so startled that he left his car parked right near the crime scene.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin showed evidence of the Jeep Washington was driving that night and the bullet holes that were fired into it. She also showed photos of Washington's clothes with shots through them.
Rogers also faces charges for threatening a corrections officer while behind bars.

Trial begins for man accused of January shooting in Steubenville


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