The prosecution spoke first and delivered a straightforward message, appealing to the common sense of the jury.
The prosecution explicitly referenced the 11 PM to 3 AM window on the night of August 12th and drug use being involved with the case.
The state also used a map to show cell phone use throughout the night of august 12th.
For the defense, Jeffrey Toothaker asked the jury to consider if the prosecution is ever wrong in their presentation of their evidence.
His opening statement was that the jury must pay close attention to the details.
Defense attorney Hunter Tzovaras, it boiled down to does a guilty verdict happen by association.
The defense argued that presenting cell phone records, illicit a clear lack of evidence for the prosecution.
After opening statements closed on Thursday, the jury was taken to several locations, including 22 Target Industrial Circle, where the burned car was found.
The trial will continue on Friday.