FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Opening statements in the trial of a Broward man accused of shooting an ex-girlfriend over a sexually transmitted disease began Wednesday.
Anton Jamar Josey, 36, has been charged with the August 2009 murder and armed kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend, Dominique Duval.
Hollywood police Officer Paul Scheel took the stand as a witness for the prosecution.
It was shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 26 when Scheel said he pulled Josey over for a broken headlight at a Shell gas station on Pembroke Road, only to discover Duval bleeding and stumbling out of the car.
"For a lack of a better term, there was blood spurting out of the left side of her neck," Scheel said.
Scheel said Josey then revealed what happened, and his apparent motive.
"I asked him, 'What happened? Why is she bleeding?'" Scheel said.
"Did you get a response?" asked prosecutor Tom Coleman.
"I did," Scheel answered.
"What was the response?" asked Coleman.
"He said, 'I shot the (expletive) because she gave me HIV,'" Scheel said.
Police have said that Josey abducted Duval when she was leaving her job in Fort Lauderdale and had every intention of shooting her out of rage
The defense, however, argues that neither Scheel nor anyone else witnessed Josey shooting Duval. Attorney Edward Salantrie said the holes in the story are too big.
"Mr. Josey has plead not guilty to all these charges. He has said, 'I did not do it. I did not commit armed kidnapping. I had no gun in Fort Lauderdale.' You will see he likely did not," Salantrie said.
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