TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The trial for two men accused in an execution-style killing began Monday.
Police say George Smith, 24, was ambushed by three men in a 7-Eleven parking lot in September. He was killed in front of his son and five other children.
Police say surveillance video shows Davonte Nicholson shoot Smith point blank. He is being tried for murder alongside Alex Williams.
On Monday, the prosecution told the jury that the crime was part of a plan to get back at Smith for stealing money and drugs from them.
"This execution was part of a plan to get revenge on George Smith," said Dexter Phillips, prosecuting attorney. "A plan executed without hesitation; a plan executed with ruthless precision."
The defense, however, told the jury not to form an opinion just yet.
"Did he have intent beyond a reasonable doubt to kill Mr. Smith? Was this planned? Was this a SEAL Team Six, waiting for the order from Ms. Garza?" asked John Thebes, Alex Williams' attorney. "The evidence I would submit to you is far from that."
Evidence will be especially important in this case, because one of the three men involved already stood trial for the charges.
Police say Demarcus Lawhorn was the third man involved in the murder. His trial ended with a hung jury – they couldn't decide if he was guilty or not guilty. Now, he will testify against the other two men accused.
On Monday, the defense told the jury that Lawhorn is just as guilty as the other two, saying he simply told police his story first – possibly saving himself from a life sentence in prison.
Besides Lawhorn, another key witness expected to testify is Smith's girlfriend. She was in the car with six children when Smith was shot and killed.