Murder Trial Begins for Former Local High School Basketball Star - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Murder Trial Begins for Former Local High School Basketball Star

Posted: Updated:
Larry Ennis (Photo: Salisbury Police Department) Larry Ennis (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
Crime scene on Aug. 2, 2015 (Photo: WBOC) Crime scene on Aug. 2, 2015 (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The trial for 20-year-old Larry Ennis began Tuesday in Wicomico County Circuit Court.  Ennis is facing over a dozen charges, including first-degree murder, following a shooting outside the America's Best Value Inn in Salisbury last August.

Ennis was arrested along with Jarrett Stokes and Ky'Shir Connally.  All three of them are charged with the murder of 17-year-old Rakim Russell.

Russell was shot while in the parking lot of the America's Best Value Inn just after midnight on Aug 2.  According to court documents, investigators determined that Connally and Ennis, who were involved in an earlier altercation at a party at the Inn, had "outstanding issues" with the majority of those in attendance, drove back to the hotel with Stokes. It was there that Stokes, who was in the passenger seat of a white Chevrolet Impala, allegedly used a semi-automatic handgun to fire approximately four shots at the crowd in the parking lot with one of the bullets striking Russell in the head, court documents said.

During opening arguments on Tuesday, the prosecution told the jury the evidence would show Ennis was not the shooter, but an accomplice of the crime.  The assistant state's attorney said being an accomplice makes Ennis guilty of murder. 

However, Ennis' attorney argued during her opening statement that Ennis had no motivation in this crime and he was in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time when the shooting took place.

The trial is scheduled to last three days, with a verdict expected sometime on Thursday.

Ennis played four basketball for four years at Wicomico High School and played a fifth year for Delmar.  Ennis was an "All Conference Player" multiple times in his high school basketball career.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Elderly Couple Found Dead With Gunshot Wounds in Kenton

    Elderly Couple Found Dead With Gunshot Wounds in Kenton

    10/19/2017 14:25:00 -04:002017-10-19 18:25:00 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 2:25 PM EDT2017-10-19 18:25:36 GMT
    Delaware State Police are conducting an investigation after two people were found dead in a Kenton home.More
    Delaware State Police are conducting an investigation after two people were found dead in a Kenton home.More
  • Police Investigating Deadly Selbyville Crash

    Police Investigating Deadly Selbyville Crash

    10/19/2017 15:33:00 -04:002017-10-19 19:33:00 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 4:41 PM EDT2017-10-19 20:41:45 GMT
    Delaware State Police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred at the end of the September.More
    Delaware State Police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred at the end of the September.More
  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Under Fire

    10/17/2017 17:44:00 -04:002017-10-17 21:44:00 GMT
    Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-10-17 22:30:06 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More
  • Drivers, Business Owners Frustrated with Lane Closures Near Dover Bridge

    Drivers, Business Owners Frustrated with Lane Closures Near Dover Bridge

    Ever since the Dover Bridge area started construction, one business, which sits just at the end of the bridge, has lost nearly $60,000 each year.

    Now with traffic down to just one lane as workers get ready to start pipework, that business' owner says it likely won't get better.

    More

    Ever since the Dover Bridge area started construction, one business, which sits just at the end of the bridge, has lost nearly $60,000 each year.

    Now with traffic down to just one lane as workers get ready to start pipework, that business' owner says it likely won't get better.

    More
  • Seaford Family Supports Son Through Recovery

    Seaford Family Supports Son Through Recovery

    As the opioid epidemic continues to cut through communities across Delmarva, Debora Musser of Seaford is speaking up about her son's road to recovery in hopes of helping other families.

    More

    As the opioid epidemic continues to cut through communities across Delmarva, Debora Musser of Seaford is speaking up about her son's road to recovery in hopes of helping other families.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices