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Murder During Robbery: Man Accused In Oxford Homicide Knew Victim

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Trial began Monday for a Norwich man accused of murder in a 2016 Oxford home robbery. Opening statements in the trial for Jeremy Coates gave a clearer picture of what happened in David Green's home on Charles Kelley Road on September 23, 2016. 

Police say Green was found dead in his living room. He was hit over the head with a stone slab by Coates, according to prosecutors. Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride says Coates and his ex-girlfriend Melissa Crispell robbed green, taking guns, money, and other valuables. Prosecutors say the pair knew Green, and both went to the house that night, but it was Coates who struck the fatal blow. 

The prosecution says evidence points to Coates. The stolen items were found in the house Coates was living in and there are phone records that show Coates and Crispell texting about the robbery on the night of the murder.

Defense attorneys say Coates is a scapegoat for Crispell, who had a motive for the murder, owing Green money. Crispell took a plea deal for a lesser sentence in exchange for her testimony in this case. She did not take the stand on Monday, but instead the court heard from investigators and a neighbor who lived across the street from Green. 

"In this blood spattered living room, the police can not connect Jeremy Coates by blood or DNA to this murder," says public defender John Cameron.

The trial is expected to last two weeks. Stay with Fox 40, your source for local news, for updates throughout the proceedings.