Without Eyewitnesses, Prosecutor Asks Jurors to Look at Ballistic, Fingerprint Evidence in Marlon Williams Trial

Telling jurors that there would be no eyewitnesses to this homicide, prosecutors opened the murder case against Marlon Williams Tuesday morning, asking jurors to instead listen for evidence about ballistics and fingerprints.

Williams is accused of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Minn Soo Kang. Kang was found fatally shot at 4:07 a.m. Sept. 13, 2010 on the sidewalk at the 3500 block of Croffut Place Southeast.

In opening arguments Tuesday, Prosecutor Gary Wheeler said that while no witnesses saw Williams fatally shoot Kang, he believed enough physical evidence existed to tie Williams to the crime.

Specifically, Wheeler said, Kang’s 2010 Cadillac Escalade was found after Kang’s death with William’s fingerprints inside and outside the car.

Detectives also spoke with a witness who said he had observed a man matching Williams’ description tampering with the vehicle, Wheeler said.

Investigators later recovered three bullets from inside the driver’s seat. Those bullets were matched to a semiautomatic pistol found under Williams’ bed during a later search of his home, Wheeler said.

Defense attorney Russell Hairston argued that wasn’t enough to link Williams to the crime. He said there were significant gaps in the evidence he planned to expose to the jury.

This is a case almost like what you see on television,” Hairston said.

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