- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Twenty-five years later, a trial has opened in the death of a young man who was killed while walking home from a Grand Rapids bar.

Prosecutor Kellee Koncki told jurors Tuesday that the man accused of killing Joel Battaglia (Ba-TAL’-yuh) was free for years because he intimidated witnesses.

Aurelias Marshall faces life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder. Battaglia was 23 years old in 1990 when he was robbed and beaten after leaving Mulligan’s Pub.

He was a top student in high school and had planned to attend Aquinas College to become a teacher.

Defense attorney Charles Clapp says Marshall isn’t responsible. He says the prosecutor’s main witness has told different versions of what happened.

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