Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing two people, including an accomplice seeking revenge for being robbed of his prized car at gunpoint.
Rayvon Johnson, 22, of Oklahoma City, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2011, shooting deaths of Lamar Shirley and Marcel Grigsby.
A third victim, Cleveland Calderon, was shot in the leg and survived.
Prosecutors allege Johnson and Grigsby acted together to kill Shirley while intending to kill Calderon, and Johnson also killed Grigsby while intending to kill Calderon.
Grigsby, Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney David Nichols told the jury, “was obsessed with recovering his stolen purple Camaro.”
Shirley was shot in the back. His body was found in the backyard of his home in the 300 block of SE 23, where friends had gathered for a midday barbecue.
Grigsby was shot in the back of the head. His body was found in the front yard of the home.
The case against Johnson is mostly circumstantial and appears to hinge on the testimony of Grigsby's brother, who met with Johnson after the shootings, and Grigsby's girlfriend, who loaned him her Jeep Cherokee.
Defense attorney Mike Arnett, in his opening statement, said there is no physical evidence placing his client at the crime scene.
“While the evidence proves that a crime was committed, Rayvon Johnson was not there shooting or committing crimes,” Arnett said.
A neighbor told jurors he heard gunshots the day of the killing and saw a man dressed in a black hoodie running from the direction of Shirley's house and looking over his shoulder. The man jumped into an empty silver Jeep Cherokee and drove off, the witness said.
Neither the neighbor nor any of Shirley's friends at the barbecue who testified Tuesday could identify a shooter.