Opening statements begin in Warren murder trial

Prosecutors told jurors that no one entered the motel room other than Fambro and his girlfriend, Teresa Hunter

William Fambro is accused of killing Teresa Hunter at the Riverview Motel on Parkman Road in October.


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The trial of a Warren man accused of killing a woman inside the Riverview Motel back in October wrapped up its first day of testimony on Tuesday.

William Fambro, a.k.a. “big Shot,” is accused in the shooting death of 35-year-old Teresa Hunter, a woman he was reportedly dating, at the Riverview Motel on Parkman Road in October.

Jurors heard from the prosecution, as William Fambro’s attorney waived his opportunity for an opening statement. Fambro has reported that he is vision impaired and has denied his involvement in the shooting.

Prosecutors told jurors that no one entered the motel room where Hunter was found, other than Fambro and Hunter. Surveillance video of the hotel was entered into evidence.

Several people took the witness stand for the state, including employees of the Riverview Motel, the first officer who arrived on scene and several of Fambro’s acquaintances.

A friend testified that she went to the hotel on October 14, met with Fambro and the two took off in Hunter’s car. She said she then tossed a white plastic bag, which she thought was filled with trash, over the Summit Street bridge and into the Mahoning River.

On November 8, a fisherman reeled in a plastic bag containing a gun inside and called police.

Jenica Bennett also testified that after hearing of Hunter’s death just two days after her body was found, she called police to report a stolen gun, which had been gone since the day she bought it in September. She told the court that she called Fambro asking about it, since he was with her when she bought it, but said she waited to tell police because he threatened her.

“[He said] that he was gonna kill me and my family,” she testified.

Hunter’s brother, Freddie Washington, was also in court to show support for his deceased sister.

“It’s like reliving it all over again, you know? I mean, I’ll just be happy when it’s over,” he said. “I want to see justice rapidly, like I just want to see it all the way through… She’s not here to fight for her, so that’s why I’m here for.”

A motel worker and several Warren police officers are set to testify.

The trial will pick back up Wednesday and is expected to last most of the week.

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