Testimony Begins in Rowry Trial

Testimony has begun in the manslaughter trial of former York, Ala., police chief, David Rowry. Rowry is charged with the shooting death of Joe Bell, inside Church's Chicken in York, Ala., in September 2008.

A defense request for a change of venue was denied.

The prosecution began presenting its case Tuesday by calling a string of witnesses who were inside the restaurant when the shooting happened.

Kenneth Reynolds said he was sitting behind Joe Bell eating, when Bell and then-chief David Rowry got into a confrontation.

'The confrontation got a little loud and heated, then the chief pulled his gun and then Mr. Bell reached for the gun," Reynolds testified.

"So, he walked all the way up to Joe Bell and put the barrel of the gun to his chest?," asked district attorney, Greg Griggers.

"No, Joe Bell walked to here," said Reynolds.

Reynolds was cross examined by Rowry's attorney, Belinda Weldon. She questioned him about how well he could see what happened.

"So, is it fair to say that part of this you couldn't see?" asked Weldon.

"Yes and no," said Reynolds.

"So, you really couldn't see everything that's happening, but you saw overall the whole bodies," asked Weldon.

"Yes," said Reynolds.

Others who were working or eating inside the restaurant at the time of the incident also took the stand in the first day of testimony.

The prosecution says it's planning to call about a dozen witnesses to testify. The defense plans to call three to four people as witnesses, including Rowry.

The trial is likely to continue for two to three days.


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