Murder trial begins for former Orlando police officer

Timothy Davis Sr. charged in shooting death of 21-year-old son

Published On: Feb 12 2013 11:11:40 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 12 2013 05:39:58 PM EST
Tim Davis Sr. in court
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Testimony has started on Tuesday in the trial for Timothy Davis Sr., a former Orlando police officer accused of shooting and killing his 21-year-old son in Apopka more than a year ago.

Timothy Davis Sr. was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Timothy Davis Jr. during an argument on October 1, 2011.

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In the opening statements on Tuesday, Davis wiped tears from his eyes as prosecutors told jurors Davis said that he "didn't mean to kill him. I just lost it, lost it."

Surveillance video shows Davis walking to his car, grabbing a gun and then firing a shot at his son. Prosecutors say Davis killed his son when an argument between the two men got out of control.

Davis Jr.'s girlfriend was on the stand on Tuesday, saying she had a disagreement with Davis Jr. the day of the shooting over custody of their son. The son of Davis Jr. was 3 years old at the time of the shooting.

The defense said in opening arguments that Davis Jr., who stood at 6 feet 2 inches and 285 pounds, beat up his father and injured him, which led to the shooting.

"You're going to see the force of this young man just beating beating beating his father," said defense attorney Robert Nesmith. "Before Mr Davis could fall he is being grabbed by his knees picked up,and power driven into the floor."

Davis says that he shot his son in self-defense, telling police investigators that one bullet was meant as a warning shot and that the second shot was an accident.

Check back for more details and follow reporter Louis Bolden for live updates from the courtroom below.