YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Prosecutors will call more witnesses on Thursday in the capital murder trial of Aubrey Toney of Youngstown.
Toney, 33, is accused in the murder of Thomas Repchic, 74, and the wounding of his wife Jacqueline on Sept. 25, 2010.
“Well. my husband and I were driving a little while and all of a sudden I heard ‘ping, ping, ping’ like gunshots and I told him someone was shooting at us,” Jacqueline Repchic said during the opening day of testimony on Wednesday.
It took six weeks to select a jury in the case and each side was given 20 minutes for opening statements on Wednesday.
During opening statements, prosecutors told the jury the defendant was looking for another man driving a maroon Cadillac at the time. But prosecutors said Toney saw the Repchics’ car along Southern Boulevard as the couple was leaving St. Dominic Church and opened fire with an assault rifle.
“It passed the burgundy Durango and they start shooting. They shoot to the side of the Cadillac, all the way back to the quarter panel and across the back,” said Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa. “And the law says that he is just as responsible as if he had killed his intended targets.”
Toney addressed jurors during opening statements, telling them he was “nowhere near the crime scene” at East Philadelphia Avenue and Southern Boulevard. He also asked jurors to keep an open mind and not to let emotional or sympathetic testimony sway them. He also asked that they put any prejudices they may have aside.
“We can all relate to the Repchics. We all have parents and grandparents who we love dearly and hold close to our hearts. Let’s not allow that fact to allow us to rush to judgement and sympathy,” Toney said.
Prosecutors claim they will provide witnesses and evidence that will prove Toney was there that day and that he pulled the trigger.
Jacqueline Repchic’s testimony revealed she didn’t realize she was shot until getting out of the car.
“I opened the door and I actually fell out because I didn’t realize that I didn’t have a foot or part of my leg,” she said.
Toney could be sentenced to death if he is convicted.
Co-defendant Kevin Agee was sentenced to 39 years to life in connection to the shooting. Agee was driving the car Toney was in when Repchic was shot.