Prosecutor says slain trooper was dumped "like a sack of potatoes"

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- A prosecutor told a jury that a defendant in the slaying of a state trooper dumped his body out of a cruiser "like a sack of potatoes."

Prosecutor Walter Freeland said that three minutes after trooper Calvin Jenks 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 in Tipton County were presented during opening statements in the trial of 19-year-old Orlando Garcia, who is being tried separately from alleged accomplice Alejandro Gouna, who's 17. Both are from Austin.

Freeland said 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 Jenks from inside the car, and was in a state of shock after the shooting.

The jury was seated earlier yesterday.

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


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