As the prosecution got started in the David Kinney murder case on Tuesday, they called witnesses who described the late Brad McGarry’s mood just hours before he was murdered.
They then connected the pieces of the story step-by-step.
The prosecution began presenting the story of two men involved in a relationship.
One, Brad McGarry, who was shot twice in the back of the head in his own home. The other man was David Kinney, who is on trial for that murder.
In the testimony, Kinney was referred to as his nickname, “DJ”.
McGarry’s cousin from Florida was in the Ohio Valley for a family wedding the weekend Brad was murdered.
When asked if she knew that McGarry was gay, Schuyler Strawser said “yes”.
Strawser also said she knew he was seeing David Kinney.
“I knew he was having an affair, a relationship with someone who is married. I came to find out who it was,” Strawser said.
According to Strawser, McGarry abruptly left a family dinner, and he confided the reason.
“And he made it abundantly, unequivocally, actually, clear that DJ was coming over and that they were going to be having sex. He called it a nap actually and then added a wink and said that they were gonna be having sex,” said Strawser.
McGarry’s mother’s fiance also recalls him leaving the family gathering that day with an air of happy excitement.
“He got a phone call or a text message or something and he said he had to leave early and so he was sort of giddy or happy,” said Charles “Jack” Bonar.
Later that evening, Bonar tearfully recalled, McGarry’s mother called him, asking him “to come get her” and that “Brad had been killed.”
Bonar said he drove her to her son’s Bellaire home, and recalled seeing law enforcement officers, Kinney, and Kinney’s wife.
On Tuesday, the jury was taken by school bus to the scene of the crime.
They went inside and looked at the house.
The trial will continue Wednesday, and is expected to last all week, continuing into Saturday.