UPDATE: A jury has found Martell Buckley guilty of first degree murder.
Buckley is accused of killing 18-year-old Duane Buchanan during a shooting at a west side gas station in 2012. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Opening statements began in the murder trial against a Rockford man who is accused of killing a teen during a shooting at a west side gas station in 2012.
Prosecutors say Martell Buckley is guilty of shooting and killing 18-year-old Duane Buchanan.
It was an emotional day in court including a tearful testimony from Buchanan’s mother, Paula Hallden. During opening statements, prosecutors say Martell Buckley allegedly shot and killed Dwayne Buchanan at the BP gas station on Auburn and Central Avenue.
We got a look at the surveillance video inside and outside, however it’s hard to tell where the gun shots came from. The defense argues Buckley was involved in a physical fight with Buchanan claiming Buckley didn’t pull the trigger.
Buckley plead not guilty. He faces first degree murder charges and if convicted could spend up to 80 years in prison. The other two suspects, Rico and Russell Jefferson were also arrested for Buchanan’s death. Rico could still go to trial, but charges against Russell were dropped in October.