CLINTON - An East Feliciana Parish jury heard opening statements Monday in the trial of a Jackson man accused of second-degree murder in the death of Andre K. Turner, 28, in December 2007.
Lionel “L-Dog” Allen, 54, is one of three people indicted in the case. One of his codefendants, Jonova Walker, 33, 7208 Metz Road, Solitude, is scheduled to testify against him Tuesday.
Twentieth Judicial District Judge George H. Ware Jr. is presiding over the trial.
Assistant District Attorney Betsy Jones told the jury in her opening statement that “greed brought out the worst in the worst” and led to Turner’s slaying.
Jones said Allen, Walker and Josie Morgan, 39, 18733 Samuels Road, Zachary, met with another man, Charles Plain, on Dec. 2, 2007, at a Scenic Highway motel because they had “several thousand dollars to divvy up.”
The prosecutor did not tell the jury that Turner, Allen Walker and Morgan had the money because they are accused of robbing a Solitude bar owner at her home the night before.
Jones said Turner was beaten on the head with a wrench and run over with a car in East Baton Rouge Parish before his body was dumped in a swampy area in East Feliciana Parish, doused with gasoline and set on fire.
In addition to the money the four had to divide, Morgan also had taken out at least one life insurance policy on Turner, Jones told the jury.
Chuck Ward, one of three attorneys representing Allen, said the state’s case is far from air tight and urged the jurors not to let graphic photographs of the victim’s body sway them from using their “common sense” to find holes in the case.
“Use your common sense instead of the anger and hate the state will ask you to use,” Ward said.
In addition to Walker, the state plans to call Plain, who was arrested and booked on obstruction of justice in the case, to testify against Allen.
“They will say, ?I lied the first time, but I want you to believe me today,’ “ Ward predicted.