(WMC) - The state plans to call more than 20 witnesses during Maurice Brown Sr.'s murder trial. The defense has at least one. Brown plans to take the stand in his own defense. Even before he testifies, though, the jury will have already heard from him.
Sixty potential jurors filtered into court on Monday. The 14 who get picked will decide a gruesome case.
The morning after his 3-year-old son, Maurice Brown Jr., disappeared from the family's apartment, Brown spoke to WMC Action News 5.
"I'm hurt, I'm hurt, I'm hurt," he said in July 2012. "That was my man. That was my soul. I love him to death. He was a happy kid."
Brown Sr. spoke those words as Memphis police officers searched for his boy, whose body was found in a dumpster a day later.
Investigators who collected evidence from his apartment described finding a significant amount of blood in the bedroom, bathroom, and living room. They believe it proves the child suffered blunt force trauma injuries.
Brown explained the blood as being from this cut on his finger, a work injury, he said. He told investigators his son was missing, perhaps taken by gang enemies.
"There's a lot of people that know me. There's a lot of people that hate me," he told WMC Action News 5 when his son went missing.
Prosecutors immediately subpoenaed WMC Action News 5 for the entire raw interview. They plan to play the whole thing for the jury during Brown's trial.
Though the judge warned all 60 potential jurors that the tape is not legal fact, saying, "The only evidence that you can consider is the witnesses that take the stand ... You can't use those other statements as proof in the case."
The trial is expected to begin Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. It should last into Saturday.