Jurors heard a third day of testimony in the murder trial of a teenager accused in a January 2010 slaying that occurred during a robbery in Northwest Moultrie.
Maurice Welch, also known as Maurice Lewis, originally was scheduled for trial in November but the case was delayed after he fired his state-appointed public defender. A second trial date in March also was delayed after there was a report of new evidence in the case.
This week’s trial is being held in a special week of court with an out-of-circuit Superior Court judge.
Welch, who was 16 at the time of the Jan. 25, 2010 slaying of David Gizon-Lopez, is charged with felony murder. Co-defendants Antwaun Demetrius Key, 20, and Tamorious Colins, 19, entered guilty pleas in November and testified in the trial.
The Moultrie Police Department said that three men initially tried to enter the front door of the 1011 Joe Louis Ave. residence and went to the back yard when they could not do so. At least two of the robbers pulled weapons and Gizon-Lopez was shot when he and a second man refused to hand over their money. During a struggle Gizon-Lopez was shot in the side.
Key was the accused triggerman in the fatal shooting, and he was sentenced in November to 20 years on a plea of manslaughter, the maximum sentence on that charge. He was sentenced to an additional five years on a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Collins was sentenced to serve eight years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He also was sentenced to seven years on probation and a $2,000 fine.