Tavish Yeargin Murder Trial Enters Second Day Tuesday - WSPA.com

Tavish Yeargin Murder Trial Enters Second Day Tuesday

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PICKENS, S.C. - The trial of one of three people charged with the 2011 shooting death of a veteran in Pickens County started Monday. 

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense made their opening statements in the trial of Tavish Yeargin, 27, who is accused of shooting 48-year-old Sean Dinneen to death on September 17, 2011, outside a church. According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, the jury, comprised of six men and six women, heard opening statements and testimony from one of Yeargin's neighbors, sheriff's deputies and the lead investigator of the case. 

“You will hear the story from the people who lived it,” said Assistant 13th Circuit Solicitor Brandi Hinton. "That larger picture will prove that Tavish Yeargin murdered Sean Dinneen.”

“From the top of his head to the soles of his feet, from his left to his right, he is colored with something more precious than any color; he is covered with a presumption of innocence,” said Yeargin's defense attorney John DeYoung. 

According to the Independent-Mail, jurors heard testimony that Dinneen, whose body was found in the parking lot of Crosswell First Baptist Church, was trying to sell a Pontiac Grand Prix to Yeargin, his sister, Nyia Utsey, and another woman, Kayla Williams, when he was shot in the shoulder. A witness who lived across the street from Dinneen disputed the claims. 

Margaret Hinson told the jury that Dinneen had been drinking the day of the shooting and was intoxicated. She said that she saw people looking at the car, but Yeargin was not one of them and not the one who called her later that night. However, the lead investigator, Benjamin Dow, of the Pickens County Sheriff's Office stated that the phone call to Hinson was one of the ways they tracked Utsey and eventually found the trio in Asheville. Utsey's and Williams trials have yet to start.

The second day of the trial will continue Tuesday. To read the article from the Anderson Independent-Mail, click here.  
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