BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Opening statements started Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of shooting his girlfriend to death on Mother's Day 2013.
Carlos Thomas, 38, of Baton Rouge is charged with second-degree murder of the shooting death of Amanda McCullough, 31, also of Baton Rouge.
Prosecutors called a few witnesses to the stand Tuesday, but have several others scheduled to testify.
They claim the two were dating and had two children, but that McCullough was about to end the relationship. She had an active restraining order filed against him.
On the day of the shooting, they said she had completed a 12-hour shift at the hospital where she worked as a nurse and when she returned home, he was there. That's when he allegedly shot and killed her.
The defense claims Thomas did not do it. Although DNA evidence was collected at the scene, defense attorneys allege another man's DNA was also collected from the scene and that he's the actual killer.
The case is being held in Judge Louis Daniel's courtroom.
It is believed the trial could last through the end of the week.
When asked about the swiftness in which this case went to trial, District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office has pushed domestic violence cases and is trying to move this case along.