Character witnesses testify in Albany murder trial

Character witnesses testify in Albany murder trial
Courtland Hughley in court (Source: WALB)
Courtland Hughley appeared in court this week. (Source: WALB)
Courtland Hughley appeared in court this week. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany murder trial picked back up Monday after being delayed for a week.

The trial revolves around a shooting that happened back in October at the Quality Inn on North Westover Boulevard.

It happened the weekend of Albany State's Homecoming.

Police said Zemal Fuentes, 21, from Thomaston, was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators put out a lookout for a newer model white Chevrolet Impala, which was found Sunday morning at Albany State.

Three days later, David Quimbey, 19, and Cortland Hughley, 21, were charged with Fuentes' murder. Kedravious Web, 21, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the case.

Hughley's trial began this week.

On Wednesday there was a lot of back and forth between the defense and the prosecution. The morning started with the medical examiner.

She told the jury her autopsy revealed that Fuentes died from injuries from being shot near his left collar bone.

Prosecutors said the shooting stemmed from a drug deal gone bad.

On Tuesday, the prosecution called Quimbey to the witness stand. Attorneys have since questioned his validity.

The state rested its case on Wednesday. Then the defense brought in multiple witnesses to testify about Hugley's character.

Many said shooting and killing someone would be out of character for Hughley.

"Is he the kind of person you think would commit murder," the defense asked one of his witnesses.

The witness said "no."

"Are you aware that he was engaged in being heavily armed as you're seeing in this photograph?" questioned district attorney Greg Edwards as he showed the witness social media posts involving Hughley.

Again, the witness said, "no."

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