Witness tells jurors that murder suspect was 'lookout'

Shawna Grandal
Shawna Grandal
Jeston Murray
Jeston Murray

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Testimony continued for a third day Friday in the double murder trial of a deaf, homeless man. Police say 28-year-old Jeston Murray and another man killed two people almost two years ago.

Things got off to a late start Friday as the judge worked out some issues with the interpreters. The defendant, Jeston Murray, and several of Friday's witnesses are deaf. After all that was taken care of, the prosecutor continued calling witnesses.

Friends of Murray and Michael Knights were called to the stand by the Commonwealth. Knights has already pleaded guilty to the murders. A jury trial is under way for Murray, who says he was an eyewitness.

Police say Murray and Knights killed 72-year-old Darrell Spencer in 2008 after a robbery at an Army surplus store.

A few days later, police say they killed an acquaintance - 34-year-old Marcus Penny. Witness Shawna Grandal told the jury she's friends with Murray. She says he told her he was involved with the murders and was the lookout.

"When the interview with Detective Brown was done, he left the room, I don't know maybe to go into with Michael. Then he came back into the room and he brought up Jeston's name to me, and I told on my friend," an interpreter said for Grandal.

Murray is charged with murder, robbery, burglary, and tampering with physical evidence. The defense hasn't yet started calling its witnesses. That could happen as early as Friday afternoon or early next week.

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