Trial for accused Bradley County Landfill shooter begins with emotional testimony

Prosecutors say Mark Treuchet set out to kill Jeremy Headley that day in 2016. They say they have a picture to prove it. The witness who took it cried testifying about what it shows. In it, Karen Lynch says you can see Treuchet standing over Headley's body. (Image: WTVC)

The case of a man accused of taking justice into his own hands goes to trial.

Police say Mark Truechet shot and killed an unarmed fugitive at the Bradley County Landfill in September of 2016.

That suspect had just been involved in a high speed chase that spanned three counties.

Prosecutors say Treuchet set out to kill Jeremy Headley that day, however.

They say they have a picture to prove it.

The witness who took it cried testifying about what it shows. In it, Karen Lynch says you can see Treuchet standing over Headley's body.

Many other employees at the landfill that day testified about witnessing the shooting.

"I saw Mr. Treuchet shoot Mr. Headley," Chris Parker said.

Allen Earwood said, "[Treuchet] was screaming I shot him! I shot him! I told you I would!"

Witnesses say police told them Headley was armed and dangerous that day.

In the time workers waited on officers to search the area, many testified they heard Treuchet talking tough.

"He said he was going to do what the cops couldn't do," Earwood said.

When police didn't find Headley after several hours, landfill workers were allowed to return to duty.

But, not long after, the landfill manager says he was called back when one of his employees spotted Headley.

By the time Chris Parker got there, he says Treuchet was following Headley in his bulldozer.

"He got out and had a gun and i was worried because i was kind of in the line [of fire]," he said.

When Headley continued to walk away, Parker says Treuchet fired at Headley several times.

"By the time I got a hold of 911, it was over pretty much," Parker said.

Witnesses said Treuchet wasn't the only one acting tough and making statements about taking Headley down before the shooting, though. They said it was fairly normal construction worker talk.

That's why the defense argues this was not a premeditated murder.

Attorneys say Treuchet was protecting himself and other landfill workers.

Witnesses also testified that Treuchet did try to help Headley after he shot him.

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