BRADENTON -- The trial of Gregory Kennon for allegedly fatally shooting a pregnant woman during an armed home invasion began Tuesday morning.
During opening statements, prosecutor Art Brown said Kennon was at the apartment that July 2009 night because his blood was found at the scene.
Brown also said the men kicked open the front door as Crystal Johnson's mother and sister heard the bangs from a bedroom.
“That sound was caused by this man and his accomplice, Everick Houston, as they kicked in the door of that apartment,” Brown said.
But defense attorney Colleen Glenn told the jury to pay attention to the evidence not presented in the state's case, including no evidence as to who fired first and if fingerprints were found at the scene or weapons.
“There will be no way that you'll be able to say the state presented this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Glenn said.
At 1:20 a.m. on July 11, 2009, two or three men wearing black masks kicked in the door of an apartment at DeSoto Village Apartments on Fifth Street East where Crystal Johnson lived with her mother, Susan Moore and sister Brittany Johnson.
Crystal was fatally shot in the gunfight and her unborn daughter later died that as well.
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