Opening Statements Expected Monday in Trial of Accused Highway 169 Shooter
Opening statements are expected Monday in the trial of Jamal Smith, the Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a youth baseball coach on Highway 169 in Plymouth.
Jury selection for the case wrapped up this week.
Smith, 34, is charged with first-degree murder. He’s accused of firing the fatal shot that killed 56-year-old Jay Boughton of Crystal as they traveled on southbound 169 last July.
The shooting followed what Plymouth police described as a “traffic altercation” that “escalated quickly.” Boughton’s teenage son was in the passenger seat and called 911.
During a previous pre-trial hearing, Smith claimed one of the two passengers in his rented SUV fired the fatal shot.