Colegrove Trial: Testimony Begins

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Colegrove Trial: Testimony Begins

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 20, 2009 at 6:12 PM EDT

The case of a Broome County man accused of murder begins today in Bradford County Court.

32 year old Steven Colegrove is charged with the deaths of his mother, father and brother.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout spent the day in court and has the details.

More than a dozen witnesses took the stand for the prosecution today.

And attorneys for both sides laid out their case for the jury.

32 year old Steven Colegrove is accused of shooting his mother, father and brother with a shotgun at their home in Tuscarora Township in August, 2007.

During his opening statement, district attorney Daniel Barrett says Steven Colegrove had motive and opportunity to kill his family.

He says the gun used in the shooting was found at Colegrove's home in Deposit.

And he says he will prove Colegrove lied to police about an injury on his right shoulder, his shooting hand.

"After all the months of preparation, it's very nice to get the trial started. We were able to explain what we had to the jury and we're proceeding on with the evidence," Barrett says.

Defense attorney's argue this case is based on circumstantial evidence.

They say there is no trace evidence at the scene that puts Steven Colegrove in that house on August 8th.

And they add it was Colegrove's brother, Robert, who had motive to kill the rest of the family.

Witnesses say they didn't see or hear anything unusual at the Colegrove house the night of the shooting.

But they also say they had their windows closed because of a thunder storm.

Barrett argues even if people did hear the gunshots from the Colegrove home, they would have thought it was thunder.

Testimony in this case is expected to last 2 weeks.

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