Jurors hear testimony in Peter Capote trial

Peter Capote is charged with capital murder for the 2016 shooting death of a Shoals teen.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 4:55 PM

Tuesday, prosecutors started laying out their case against a Shoals man accused of murdering a teen over an x-box in Colbert County.

Peter Capote is one of five men charged in the 2016 murder of Kijana Freeman.

Jurors heard opening statements in the case along with testimony from the first Tuscumbia police officers on scene. The Colbert County District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty for Capote.

Peter Capote along with Thomas Hubbard, Benjamin Young, De'Vontae Bates, and Riley Hamm are all charged in connection with Freeman's death.

Tuscumbia police believe the group lured Freeman and a friend to Spring Creek Apartments and shot Freeman to death and injured his teenage passenger. Police said this was all over an x-box, the suspects thought freeman stole, which ended up not being true.

Police called Freeman's murder senseless. In February, a jury found Young guilty of capital murder. He was sentenced to death for his role in Freeman's murder.

Capote's trial is expected to last all week. Hubbard's trial is expected to start this June. Bates plead guilty to lesser charges in 2017.

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