MAYVILLE – The murder trial of a Jamestown man who stands accused of shooting and killing another city man began Wednesday in Chautauqua County Court.
According to the Post-Journal, bot the county district attorney and public defender made opening statements in the murder trial of 54 year-old David Waggoner, in addition to the prosecution calling four witnesses to the stand.
Waggoner stands accused of shooting and killing 30 year-old William Michishima during an incident at Livingston Avenue in the city on July 24, 2018. Michishima was rushed to a UPMC in Erie before dying from a gunshot wound to the head.
The incident apparently stems from a dispute over ownership of a motorcycle. The defense is claiming Waggoner was only acting in self defense when Michishima was shot.
Waggoner faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted.
The trial resumes Thursday morning.