Emotional testimony on trial's opening day - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Emotional testimony on trial's opening day

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Rose Matko left the courthouse Monday after court adjourned surrounded by loved ones. She was the first to take the stand in the trial of 18 year old Detavis King. He's charged with first degree murder and felony use of a firearm in the August 2007 death of 16 year old Ryan Matko.     

Rose Matko testified the last time she saw her son alive was the morning of August 22. She expected him at work at her cafe later that day. But got concerned when she tried his cell phone and it went straight to voicemail.      

Rose told jurors she went home and couldn't find a shoebox that had been hidden in Ryan's room. A box she'd been keeping close tabs on after finding it a month before with more than $400 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.      

Ryan's body was found the evening of August 23. He'd been shot twice, once in the back and once in the head. Prosecutors say two young men who worked with King that summer saw in King's possession what they believe is the murder weapon.      

A forensic investigator testified he took castings of footprints at the crime scene. That witness placed one of King's sneaker's on top of the impression for jurors to see. Deborah Best, who lost her son Derek in a shooting in January 07, says she's helping Rose get through this difficult time.

"I feel and share her pain and grief and we've been best friends ever since we talk every day and look at each other and know and cry and try to be strong for each other," said Deborah Best.

Testimony resumes Tuesday morning at ten. The prosecution called seven witnesses so far. They were expected to call 20, total. The defense said it would not call any witnesses in this case.

Copyright 2008. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-21 21:46:07 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:06 PM EDT2018-04-22 20:06:32 GMT
    Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)

    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

    More >>

    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

    More >>
  • Search ongoing for gunman after 4 killed, 4 injured in mass shooting at Waffle House

    Search ongoing for gunman after 4 killed, 4 injured in mass shooting at Waffle House

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-04-22 20:04:24 GMT
    Travis Reinking, 29, is wanted in connection with the mass shooting. (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking, 29, is wanted in connection with the mass shooting. (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others injured in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday. The suspect is still on the run.

    More >>
  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-04-22 19:56:35 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    More >>

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly