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Murder trial begins for former pro boxer

Yathomas Riley has been in jail since July 10. (Source: WALB) Yathomas Riley has been in jail since July 10. (Source: WALB)
Yathomas Riley faces felony charges related to three separate incidents. (Source: WALB) Yathomas Riley faces felony charges related to three separate incidents. (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The murder trial for Yathomas Riley began Tuesday afternoon.

Riley was arrested following the death of his wife in July of 2015.

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The prosecution began the opening statements by outlining an aggravated assault incident that occurred between Riley and his wife in the month of June the same year.

Riley called 911 in July of 2015 and told dispatchers claimed that he walked in on his wife after she committed suicide. Authorities believed that to be untrue and resorted to murder warrants after a week-long investigation.

The prosecutors said that Riley called his attorney before calling 911, and that the angle she was shot did not indicate a suicide.

The defense followed with their opening statement, and finished by asking the jury to keep an open mind.

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The prosecution then called a 911 operator and played the call that Lisa Riley made after the June 2015 incident when she said Riley pulled a gun on her.

They then played the call that Riley made when he found his wife.

Riley ran out of the courtroom followed by deputies during a second playing of that call.

After court resumed, the EMT that responded to the 911 call took the stand.

The first deputy to respond, took the stand afterward and jurors were shown the body camera footage from that night.

Court is in recess until Wednesday morning. Testimony is expected from crime scene specialist that analyzed the Northampton home.

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