Murder trial underway

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Witnesses are expected to start testimony on Monday.

    Opening arguments began in the Mark De Simone trial Friday morning in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Philip Pallenberg.

    De Simone is charged in the death of Tony Rosales of Juneau.  

    The two were part of a group that took a hunting and fishing trip last May.

    Prosecutor Amy Paige said De Simone was doing day labor at the local jewelry store where Rosales worked.  She told the jury that De Simone became Moody when he learned Rosales was going on the trip.

    Desimone's attorney, Deborah Macaulay, says she'll present evidence that doesn't require jurors to conclude Desimone killed someone he barely knew for "virtually no identifiable reason."

    It took two days for the jury to be empaneled.  De Simone faces charges that include murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.  The trial could last as long as three weeks.

     

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