The roommate of the MSU student stabbed to death testified today in Ingham County Circuit Court as an eye witness to the incident.
He's the first person to take the stand in Connor McCowan's murder trial. The Okemos teen is charged with killing his sister's boyfriend in February.
The day started with opening statement from both sides, and then quickly progressed. The prosecutor showed the court room a knife, and asked Tyler Aho if he recognized the exhibit.
"Yes, I do," 25-year-old Aho said.
Aho said it's the knife McCowan used to stab Andrew Singler multiple times killing him. Aho demonstrated for the court what he saw that morning: a physical fight, and then McCowan stabbing Singler in the chest using an upward motion.
"Andrew fell to the wall, he was screaming in pain," Aho told the court.
Aho says he feared for his own life too, that McCowan gave him a look and was still holding the knife. Then McCowan left their apartment without checking on Singler. Aho drove his wounded roommate to the hospital and called 911 on the way. The call was played in the courtoom.
Voice of 911 Dispatcher: "Is he able to talk to you?"
Voice of Aho: "Andrew, can you say something to me, man? [silence] No, he's not saying anything else."
Aho said Singler's last words were about wanting to call his mom. The incident all started with a series of threatening text messages between McCowan and his sister's boyfriend, Singler. Both sides admit Singler threw the first punch when he saw the Okemos teen at his door, but prosecutors say McCowan came there planning to do more.
"He makes a conscious and deliberate and intentional decision to escalate the situation, to arm himself with a knife," the prosecuting attorney said.
But McCowan's attorney argues this wasn't murder.
"This truly is a tragedy of Shakespearan dimensions, but no crime was committed," McCowan's defense attorney said.
He challenged Aho's testimony, pointing out his story changed in police reports about the movement of the knife.
"You said it could have been forward or it could have been sidways, but you didn't know," McCowan's attorney said.
Now, that's for a jury to decide.
"It's important for you to keep an open mind," Judge Clinton Canaday III told the jury.
This was just the beginning of a long list of people that will probably take the stand throughout the trial including doctos, police officers, people from the Okemos School District, and members of McCowan's family.
The trial will pick up again Thursday morning. Tyler aho will finish his testimony, and then more witnesses will be called.
The trial could last for at least two weeks.