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Bloody crime scene video shown at airman's murder trial opening

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Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, shown here, was found dead on Andersen Air Force Base last March. Fellow Airman Isaiah Edwards faces a court-martial in Lousiana for Hale's murder. Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale, shown here, was found dead on Andersen Air Force Base last March. Fellow Airman Isaiah Edwards faces a court-martial in Lousiana for Hale's murder.

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Trial is underway in Louisiana for Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards who is accused of murdering a fellow airman.

A panel of seven Air Force officers, including two women and five men, has been selected as jurors in the murder case.

While some witness accounts may point the blame towards Edwards, his defense attorney argued he was only acting in self-defense.

Edwards, 20, is accused of stabbing his roommate, Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale to death inside their quarters while on deployment last March at Andersen Air Force Base.

Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as Electronic Warfare Journeymen.

Edwards is currently in custody at Barksdale Air Force Base and being transported by Barksdale Security Forces to and from court.

Opening statements began with prosecutors presenting a nearly five-minute long video of the crime scene. Hale's family was visibly upset when the video showed him lying on the floor of his room in a pool of blood.

Prosecutors told the jury the evidence will show Edwards stabbed Hale multiple times in his neck, back and chest. They said testimony shows Edwards, trained in martial arts and known to carry a pocket knife, was overheard stating he "could kill another person" and "could even kill Hale." This was apparently heard in a conversation days before the murder.

Prosecutors add that the evidence will show Edwards attempted to wash blood off his hands before going to get help.

Edwards attorneys do not dispute the fact he killed Hale. However, they argue Edwards was acting in self-defense. The defense questioned some of the accounts recalled from witnesses. They also told jury members Edwards plans to take the stand and testify as to what happened the night Hale died.

Throughout the hearing, jury members saw graphic photos from the crime scene and heard accounts from Security Forces personnel and paramedics who responded to the scene.

The two airmen who shared a bathroom with Hale and Edwards also described what happened.
One of the airmen told jury members he woke to "painful screams, heard a thud and someone yell 'why."

He testified that when he went to see what was going on, he saw Edwards on top of Hale grabbing at his hands as Hale was trying to cover his neck and moving his body. The airman said he saw blood coming from Hale's neck and woke his roommate and the two ran for help.

The jury also heard testimony from an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent and a Field Martial Arts Expert, who discussed wounds found on both Hale and Edwards, focusing on their hands and Edwards' knees.

Edwards pleaded not guilty in court earlier this week.

The rest of the day was spent working out pre-trial motions and reviewing evidence that would possibly be used during trial. That evidence included witness testimony and photos from the crime scene.

Hale's family wore blue ribbons pinned to their shoulders in his honor and memory.
If the jury reaches a conviction, the trial would immediately move into the sentencing phase.

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