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Prosecutor: 'drug deal gone bad' preceded double murder

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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The double murder trial for Ryan Sheckles, the Jeffersonville man accused of gunning down two people in 2009, continued Wednesday with prosecutors and defense attorneys making opening statements.

Sheckles, 24, is charged with the shooting deaths of 38-year-old Larry Morrow and his ex-wife, 30-year-old Shannon Howard Morrow, in August of 2009. Jeffersonville Police say Sheckles killed the two at a home in the 200 block of Walnut Street in August 2009 during a drug deal.

Larry Morrow died instantly after he was shot in the face.  Shannon Howard Marrow called 911 while laying in a pool of her own blood, after she had been shot three times in the back.  She died days later while in the hospital.

During opening statements in Clark Circuit Court Wednesday, the prosecution called the shootings "the result of a drug deal gone bad"- but added that in no way means that justice shouldn't be served.

The case remain unsolved until the summer of 2010, when the ex-girlfriend of Sheckles came forward and said he was responsible. Prosecutors claim DNA taken from a cigarette found near Larry Morrow's body matched a sample taken from Sheckles.

Sheckles was arrested a short time after the DNA evidence linked him to the crime. According to prosecutors, an ex-girlfriend of Sheckles drove the getaway car, but without her statement nearly a year later, the prosecution claims this would have been an unsolved case. Because of that and her testimony, she has been granted immunity in this case.

It was an emotional day in the courtroom, as investigators brought in two boxes of evidence from the 2009 murder, bringing with it painful memories for the victims' families.

Jurors are also getting a look at that evidence and at dozens of pictures taken at the crime scene.

This isn't the first time Sheckles has been in trouble with the law. A WAVE 3 investigation found he has two prior cocaine possession charges - one in 2004 and one in 2006.

The trial is expected to take up to two weeks.

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