Testimony begins in trial of alleged Rosamond shooter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Testimony begins in trial of alleged Rosamond shooter

George Franklin, known on the street as G-bony, nervously bounced his knee waiting for his trial to begin.

The first witness to testify was Geraldine Borner Borner, who was visibly shaken and tearful when asked to look at an autopsy picture of her daughter.

Three year old Jessica Borner was killed in June 2002 when the house she was in on Rosamond was shot-up during an argument over a drug deal.

Prosecutor Bobby Carter asked Borner about the last time she saw her daughter alive. Then George Franklin's attorney questioned why Borner would leave her child in a house where drug deals and violence were a part of life.

After a break, it was Calvin Reed's turn to take the stand. Reed was in the front yard on Rosamond when prosecutors say George Franklin returned to the house and started shooting.

Reed testified the shooting started over an argument about drugs, but didn't believe Franklin used the high powered rifle that killed Jessica.

The bullet that killed Jessica Borner came from an AK-47 assault rifle. Meanwhile prosecutors could have a hard time making their case, because most of their witnesses have prior criminal records.

Testimony is expected to continue Thursday.

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