Testimony is underway in a high-profile murder case that rocked Hanover County earlier this year.
Three former high school students are on trial for the January shooting death of Brett Wells, a 16-year-old Atlee High School sophomore. Monday's testimony included that of a friend who survived the drug deal gone awry.
It was January 21. Wells was found shot to death inside his Verdi Lane home. Da'Von Byers, Xavia Highsmith, and Kevin Drayton would later be arrested and charged with murder.
Monday in court, Aaron Evans, a close friend of Wells who was there that night, testified about a drug deal. He said Wells - a funny, easygoing kid - intended to sell four ounces of marijuana for more than $1,300.
Instead, a prosecutor said the drugs were robbed, and the young men tried to get away. Defense attorneys then explained through opening statements and cross-examinations that only when Wells then got involved in a scuffle with the suspects did Xavia Highsmith fire shots.
Evans was shot in the hand. Wells, in the heart and spine. His last words, according to Evans' testimony: "Get those guys".
Defense attorneys are arguing that the shooting was not pre-meditated; the difference between first degree murder and a lesser charge.
Testimony is expected to continue through Tuesday.
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