The trial for Kerry Don Williams, 37, began Monday at the Lubbock County Courthouse. He is accused of the 1994 murder of Charlotte Ivey, whose body was found lying face-up inside the Lindsay Laundromat on 34th and Ave. W.
Around 2:00 p.m., the jury selection was completed. Williams' lawyers issued a plea of "not guilty" shortly after. The trial began with the prosecution's opening arguments. In total, five people took the witness stand before recess, including the first person to find Charlotte's body, the first responders on the scene and Charlotte's daughter, Tangela.
The first responders testified that they found a woman face-up on the floor of the laundromat, with a stab wound to her chest, cuts on her hands and no clothing apart from a t-shirt that was lifted above her chest.
Ivey's daughter, Tangela, described her mother as mentally unstable. She said Ivey had been placed in a mental hospital on 2 separate occasions. According to Tangela, Ivey lived a transient lifestyle, walking around town collecting cans and buying the cheapest cigarettes she could find. Tangela says her mother had special boxes which she kept in her pockets with items that had significance to her, such as marbles and jacks. Tangela says she even carried around what she called a "magic box", which was found in a dumpster at 34th and I-27. Ivey's daughter was the last to testify, fighting back tears as she spoke.
The trial will resume Tuesday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.
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