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Testimony underway in McKinley trial


PRINCETON (WVVA) - Testimony is underway in the murder trial against Marcus McKinley.

McKinley is charged in the May 2011 shooting death of Ayana Patton, the mother of his young child.

On Tuesday, witness testimony painted a picture of repeated domestic violence incidents between McKinley and Patton, including a March 2011 incident at the Knights Inn in Bluefield where their five-month old baby was present.

The couple was ordered to have no contact with one another but the two were arrested on April 12, 2011 for domestic battery -- a month before the deadly shooting.

A CPS worker testified that Ayana claimed she was afraid for her life, but says two weeks after the arrest, she witnessed Patton and McKinley eating dinner together at a local restaurant.

She said that prompted her to take custody away from Ayana Patton and give the child to Ayana's mother.

In addition, an officer who transported McKinley from North Carolina back to West Virginia said that McKinley spoke voluntarily from the back seat, saying he didn't intend to shoot Ayana and that he loved her and was sorry for what he did.

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