Eubanks Trial Underway in Albemarle Circuit Court
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County prosecutors are working to convince a jury that a Charlottesville man gunned down his soon-to-be-former fiancée, because he allegedly refused to see her with anyone else.
Cardian Omar Eubanks is facing first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony. The 35-year-old entered not guilty pleas to those charges in Albemarle Circuit Court Monday, March 4.
Eubanks is accused of murdering 34-year-old Amanda Bates outside of her home on Richmond Road on March 24, 2018.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda L. Galloway says this is a case of deadly domestic violence. However, defense attorney Michael J. Hallahan maintains there is no evidence this was a planned killing.
Authorities say Bates was sitting in her Chevrolet Tahoe SUV when she was shot three times in the head with a pistol. During opening statements, the prosecution stated that Bates' 12-year-old son found her and alerted his grandfather inside the home.
The lead detective told jurors Eubanks had followed Bates, after waiting for her pass by a gas station, back to her home.
Investigators also described the bloody scene for the jury Monday, including the amount of brain matter located. Jurors heard that officers located three small-caliber bullet casings at the crime scene, but have yet to recover the gun.
The 13-person jury is made up of a mix of six men and seven women, but only has one person of color on it.
The trial is slated for two days. Judge Cheryl Higgins is presiding.