Oct 1, 2014 12:08 PM

Murder trial for Christopher Gay begins in Dover, NH


DOVER - Both prosecutors and defense attorneys made opening statements in the Christopher Gay murder trial Wednesday morning.

Gay was accused of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Ryan Stewart at his apartment on 11 Worster Street in Farmington, N.H., along with Corey Bennett. Bennett plead guilty to second degree murder in March after reaching a cooperation agreement with the state to testify at Gay's trial for a reduced sentence.

Defense teams for Gay made their case of innocence to the jury in Strafford County Superior Court.

"There is no evidence that Chris Gay was asked to kill Ryan Stewart, or helped kill Ryan Stewart, or even knew Ryan Stewart. All of the evidence says that Corey Bennett killed Ryan Stewart and he killed Ryan Stewart over a girl," said Defense Attorney Andrew Cotrupi.

Officer Kenneth S. Owen of the Salem Police Department testified in court as well. He was an officer with the Farmington Police Department at the time of the murder and responded to the call.

"My self and Officer Wheeler were trying to prevent the young man [Stewart] from losing consciousness entirely. He wasn't coherent, he wasn't able to speak," said Owen.

If Gay is found guilty of first degree murder, he faces life in prison with no parole.


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