Testimony begins in murder trial of Calhoun Co. teacher

Testimony begins in murder trial of Calhoun Co. teacher

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Nicholas Smith entering court Tuesday. Source: WBRC video Nicholas Smith entering court Tuesday. Source: WBRC video
CALHOUN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Opening statements were made in the murder trial of a Calhoun County teacher.

Nicholas Smith is the first of two suspects to be tried for Kevin Thompson's 2011 murder. He and Tyrone Thompon, who is not related to the victim, are charged with capital murder.

Many of the people in the courtroom were some of Thompson's fellow teachers at Wellborn Elementary School.

Tuesday's testimony followed the case from an investigative point of view. Prosecutors say Thompson failed to show up for school in 2011, something his fellow teacher say just wasn't like him.

A school resource officer went to check on Thompson and that's how a missing person case began. Police officers and deputies testified about finding Thompson's shoe in the parking lot of his Jacksonville apartment and confiscating his computer.

They also testified about finding Thompson's body near Highway 278 in Cherokee County. Jacksonville Assistant Police Chief Wineman testified that Thompson's car was found in a garage on Rocky Hollow Road in Anniston.

Smith's trial is expected to take as long as three weeks.

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