BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Corey Graham, Jr., is accused of murdering a well-known and beloved Belle Glade grocery store owner. Now, Graham is one day closer to learning his legal fate in his death penalty case.
Dressed in a black suit and wearing glasses, Corey Graham, Jr., walked into a Palm Beach County courtroom on Tuesday, looking very different than he did in his mug shot. He was booked and charged with first-degree murder last year and is now standing trial for the shooting death of Jimmy McMillan, 49.
In court on Tuesday were employees of McMillan. McMillan's body was found lifeless and bloodied on the floor inside of his grocery store in Belle Glade. Employee Alfonzo McClain called 911. But neither he nor the other workers say they saw the shooting occur.
For the family of McMillan, some of the testimony from investigators ripped open still-healing emotional wounds.
Surveillance video recorded the morning of January 2, 2012 was played for the twelve jurors. One of McMillan's loved ones left the courtroom; another plugged his ears.
Prosecutors Barbara Burns and Kirk Volker also placed into evidence the findings of an autopsy on McMillan's body. The images showing the bullet wounds on McMillan's body shook his family to tears. The bullet itself was shown to the jury.
Neither the McMillan family nor the Graham family wanted to speak publicly on Tuesday. The families plan to be in the courtroom for the entire trial.
If convicted, Graham could face the death penalty.