Victim’s girlfriend testifies in 2015 Savannah State murder trial

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The trial of a man accused of murdering a Savannah State University (SSU) student nearly four years ago continued with an emotional testimony Wednesday.

Justin Stephens is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Christopher Starks in the SSU Student Union in Aug. 2015. He faces ten charges, including murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Christopher Starks

The jury was seated Tuesday and on Wednesday, a host of witnesses took the stand. Brittany Turner, Starks’ girlfriend, testified, sharing what she says she saw after he was fatally shot.

“We turned around and Chris was laying on the floor,” Turner said, sobbing. “He had one shoe on and his other shoe was away from him. He was, like ‘take my shirt off, I’m shot. Take my shirt off, take my shirt off. Help me.'”

Forensic experts testified Starks died from a single gunshot wound that entered his left shoulder, passed through his lung and esophagus, then lodged in his right arm.

After calling on a dozen witnesses, prosecutors rested their case in a surprise move because Stephens decided not to testify in his own defense.

The trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning and the case could go to trial.

News 3 will continue to follow this story.

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