QUITMAN, GA (WALB) - Tuesday was the first day of trial for accused Brooks County murderer Quinton Childs.
Childs was accused of running over and killing Daniel Sutton during a New Year's party on January 1st, 2014 after getting into an argument with Sutton and others at the party.
During opening arguments Tuesday morning, the state said it was murder but the defense said other people at the party were beating Childs up and he was just trying to get away in order to save his own life.
"[Childs was] spinning around [in his Dodge Durango], hit Mr. Daniel, the one he originally had the argument with," the prosecuting attorney argued. "Evidence will show that there were multiple exits Quinton Childs could've taken...evidence will show that the area was well lit."
"It's not murder, it's not aggravated assault. It's an accident," argued Childs' attorney. "He was getting his butt kicked, he was getting his head beat, he was getting his face kicked."
Childs was also accused of three counts of aggravated assault for hitting Sutton's son with the car after supposedly hitting Daniel Sutton and for pointing a shotgun at another person at the party.
As of Tuesday, the trial was expected to wrap up later in the week.