Day One: Latoya Elzey murder trial

In Wicomico County, a jury is deciding the fate of 27-year-old Latoya Elzey. A woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death back in May of 2017. 

Latoya Elzey told authorities her boyfriend 41-year-old Magail Hunter, 'walked into the knife' she was holding.

It's statement the the Wicomico County State's Attorney Office isn't buying, but ultimately it will be up to the jury to decide whether or not Elzey is responsible for Hunter's death. 

On Monday, the jury heard opening statements from both the state and defense. The state arguing that Elzey in a fit of rage stabbed and killed Hunter in the early morning hours of May 21, 2017. That this is not a case of a poor, helpless woman.

But the defense says otherwise, claiming that Elzey was in a relationship with a controlling, jealous, and violent man. 

That after failed attempts at stopping the argument, Elzey acted on fear and desperation, not rage and only grabbed the knife to warn him to stop. 

On day one, the jury also heard from a woman who was hosting Elzey and Hunter at the time of the crime. She says that the couple had been arguing the night of the murder and she also says that Elzey had gone to the kitchen to a grab a knife after hearing a 'slapping' sound. 

Now, day two will be interesting because the jury will actually hear from the defendant herself as Elzey is planning on taking the stand. 

It is likely that the defense will try and highlight that argument as well as the couple's violent relationship. The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Wicomico County's courtroom one. 

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