Opening statements wrap up day three of Bedford County capital murder trial

Published: Dec. 4, 2019 at 8:24 PM EST
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After a nearly three-day jury selection process, a capital murder trial is underway in Bedford County.

Kevin Soto-Bonilla is one of six charged in the slaying of 17-year-old Raymond Wood.

Wednesday, he sat in a Bedford County courtroom for a third day of jury selection and opening statements.

Council selected 14 jurors, including two alternates.

With a translator by Soto-Bonilla's side, the Commonwealth and prosecution presented a summary of their cases.

The state argued witness testimony implicates Soto-Bonilla in the murder of Wood. "I'm going to show you and I'm going to prove to you that Kevin Soto-Bonilla is guilty of gang participation and three horrific acts," Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance said to the panel of jurors.

However, Soto-Bonilla's defense team says there is no forensic evidence linking the 22-year-old to the actual murder. "There will be no witnesses take that stand that, no eye witness take that stand, that will say 'I saw Kevin Soto-Bonilla inflict the mortal wound of Raymond Wood,'" said Soto-Bonilla's defense attorney.

Soto-Bonilla is charged with robbery, abduction, gang participation and capital murder.

Once evidence is presented, the jury will have to determine if Soto-Bonilla is guilty of willful, premeditated murder and that it was done in a vile way such as torture or mutilation.

If the jury convicts they will later head into a sentencing phase where they'll weigh the options of life without the possibility of parole or death.

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