• Jurors weep in drive-in theater murder trial

    By: Erica Byfield


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Jurors wept during the first day of testimony for a trial involving a murder at a DeKalb County drive-in movie theater.

    DeKalb County police said Mitt Lenix was shot and killed by Quentric Williams last year.
    Lenix's girlfriend testified the pair had car trouble and Lenix went for help and few seconds later, she heard him yell, “Help.”
    "I asked Mitt if he had been shot and he said, ‘Yes,’ and I screamed at everyone at the drive-in to call 911," Kristina Guede said.
    Lenix's father was very emotional when he took the stand.
    He told jurors Lenix was in the reserves and had hoped to become a doctor. When a prosecutor asked him to identify a photo of Lenix, he sobbed.
    "My son, Mitt Lenix," William Lenix struggled to say.
    Williams' defense attorney told the courtroom his client shot Lenix, but said it was a warning shot and Williams did not intend to hurt Lenix.
    Prosecutors openly disagreed. They called Lenix's death a murder and pointed out Williams shot Lenix through a window.
    After lunch, a woman who many credit with helping the police find Williams testified.
    "We were watching the movie and then, we heard a whole bunch of gunshots," Lolita Hooten said.
    Hooten told jurors she decided to follow the truck of the person she believed was involved in the shooting and called 911 and gave a dispatcher a tag number.
    The trial is expected to last three to four days. The state has 21 witnesses. 

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