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Murder Trial Begins for Former Local High School Basketball Star

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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.

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