LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Opening statements got underway this morning in the 2nd degree murder trial of Jason Morgan accused of killing Roy Edward Wyatt over a bicycle June 7, 2010.
Prosecutor Rick Bryant told jurors the evidence will show that Morgan shot Wyatt in the back after Morgan's brother Darren and others got into a fight over a bicycle.
The defense attorney said it wasn't Jason but his brother Darren who shot Wyatt. Defense attorney Ted Hartman told jurors Darren Morgan is, "a crackhead who didn't have a car and went crazy over the bicycle he needed for transportation."
The defense attorney said Darren is known to have intimidated witnesses, had ties to a local judge and was feared by others-- particularly one witness who pointed to Jason Morgan for the killing.
Hartman said, "Jason Morgan had a family and several cars and would not have risked it all to defend his crackhead brother over a bicycle."
After opening statements, jurors heard calls from Darren Morgan to 911 confessing to the shooting.
It's unclear why Darren would have confessed if Jason committed the shooting.