Open Murder Trial to Begin in Jackson

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JACKSON -- A trial for 22-year-old Marlon Thomas, accused of open murder for the shooting death of Rakiesh Brown will begin Monday.

Brown was killed on June 22, 2013 outside of 140 W. Mansion Street in Jackson after being shot in a car outside his mother's home.

Brown was able to make it inside the home where his mother lived before he collapsed and later died at Allegiance Health from a gun shot wound to the chest.

Open murder leaves for jury or judge to decide whether first-or-second degree murder or manslaughter, if any charge, is appropriate. In Michigan, first-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain.