CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Opening statements began Monday in the race-related murder trial trial of one of two men accused of killing a motorist who accidentally struck a 4-year-old boy in 2017.
Deonte Baber, 27, faces two counts of murder in the March 24, 2017 slaying of Jamie Urton, an employee for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Urton was on his way back from a lunch break when he struck the boy and then was beaten and shot.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has said Baber “should rot in jail” and called the shooting “profoundly disgusting.”
Evidence, he said, shows the crime was racially motivated.
The boy was not seriously hurt.
Baber’s father, Jamal Killing, 27, also was charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault.
His case was scheduled for a 9 am plea or trial setting Monday, but it has been postponed until after the trial, the judge’s staff said.
Even though didn't pull the trigger on the gun that killed Urton, he is complicit in the murder, according to Deters.
“He’s the one who opened the door, he’s the one who started it. He probably rendered (Urton) unconscious,” Deters said in a press conference about the case in 2017.
Video shot by a private citizen captured the slaying and is expected to be played publicly for the first time during the trial.
911 calls caught the aftermath of the shooting. A man who is alleged to be Killings can be heard admitting to shooting the driver, according to a recording of the call.
"I took care of dude. I killed him. He's dead. He dead. The dude that hit you by the car. He dead. I killed him. I'm serious he's dead. The dude that him you with the car… I killed him," the man said, apparently addressing the boy.
The man on the call also can be heard comforting the injured child by telling him:
"You hear me? He dead. I killed him. He dead. You good," the man said on the recording.
“Your daddy got you. You know I love you, don’t you? I’m here with you. I love you, baby.”