The jury has been selected and the first witnesses were called in the capital murder trial of Carlos Kennedy, but the trial did not begin without several setbacks.
On Monday, two of the potential jurors decided not to show up. When one of them finally showed up, she claimed she had to take care of her sick grandmother, but Judge Johnston held her in Contempt of Court and sentenced her to 48 hours in jail.
The second was not punished, and chosen to serve on the jury.
Then, a third juror stopped opening statements from the prosecution halfway through, because of a cough attack.
27-year-old Carlos Kennedy is accused of bludgeoning 69-year-old Zoa White to death with a hammer in her Midtown Mobile home in June 2010.
Once opening statements finally resumed, the courtroom heard dramatic testimony of the night when Zoa White's body was discovered in her house. Prosecutors say White's grandson first noticed something was wrong, when he saw broken glass around her house the day after the murder. He went inside, but luckily, did not find a body.
Prosecutors say the grandson informed his mother - White's daughter - about the broken glass, who then called 911. The officer entered the home with White's daughter and grandson in tow, but when he spotted the body first, he pushed them out of the way to protect them from seeing her in that state.
Family and friends walked out of the courtroom at one point, while pictures of her bloody body were shown on the projector screen. The defendant's parents are also sitting in on the trial.
Prosecutors say fingerprints and blood samples found at the scene match the defendant's DNA. Three witnesses were called Monday. Testimony resumes in the morning.