Prosecutor: Three Minutes After Traffic Stop, Trooper Shot Twice in Head

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A prosecutor says that three minutes after a state trooper stopped two Texas teenagers in a speeding car, he was left dead or dying with two bullets in his head.

Details of the January slaying were presented Monday in opening statements in the trial of 19-year-old Orlando Garcia, who is being tried separately from alleged accomplice Alejandro Gouna, 17.

Prosecutor Walter Freeland says the shooting was captured on the trooper's dashboard-mounted camera as Garcia stood outside the car.

Garcia's lawyer contends that Garcia did not know that Gouna was going to shoot Trooper Calvin Jenks from inside the car.

But the prosecutor told jurors that the video tape will show that Garcia calmly moved the trooper's body from his car before driving away.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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