Wisdom murder trial underway
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Keith Virgin (above) serves as defense attorney for Dwight D. “Whitey” Wisdom, who stands trial for the Dec. 4, 2011 murder of Eric Jones. The trial is underway this week in Trigg Circuit Court.</i>
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Keith Virgin (above) serves as defense attorney for Dwight D. “Whitey” Wisdom, who stands trial for the Dec. 4, 2011 murder of Eric Jones. The trial is underway this week in Trigg Circuit Court.

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56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III (center) confers with Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (left) and defense attorney Keith Virgin on Monday during the trial of Dwight D. “Whitey” Wisdom, accused of the Dec. 4, 2011 murder of Eric Jones.</i>
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56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III (center) confers with Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey (left) and defense attorney Keith Virgin on Monday during the trial of Dwight D. “Whitey” Wisdom, accused of the Dec. 4, 2011 murder of Eric Jones.

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On the first day of the trial of Dwight D. “Whitey” Wisdom, Jr., accused in the Dec. 4, 2011, murder of Eric Jones, eight witnesses took the stand.

After a morning-long process of finding 13 jurors among the 72 that were present on Monday, 56th Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey said Wisdom, of Princeton, shot Jones, of Cadiz, in the parking lot of the Trigg County Recreation Complex at about 2:25 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at a party that began on Saturday night, and then fled the scene in his own car with two other people.

“Dwight Wisdom was outside of the Complex. He had a 9 mm silver pistol, black handle,” Ovey said. “This defendant … leveled down that gun on Eric, and he fired.”

Ovey said the bullet hit Jones’ arm/shoulder and hit his left lung, heart and right lung, after which he walked a few paces and then fell, saying, “I’ve been shot.” Ovey said Antonio Wharton drove Jones to the hospital himself, but in spite of that, Jones died shortly after arriving at the Trigg County Hospital emergency room.

Ovey admitted that they don’t have the gun in evidence, a fact that Wisdom’s defense attorney Keith Virgin found significant. In his opening statement, Virgin also found significant the fact that Wisdom turned himself in two days after the shooting.

“There were eight shell casings,” said Virgin. “Three were fired from one gun, five from another gun, and … they were not fired from the same gun. We believe the evidence will show that there were at least two 9 mm handguns there.”

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