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WHEELING - Opening statements were given on Tuesday in the murder trial of Craig Peacock, accused in the death of Wheeling Jesuit student Kevin Figaniak.

The prosecution in the case said the fight started over a comment on "college vs. pipelines," and said the entire confrontation lasted less than 15 seconds. In their opening statement, the defense said the incident was "a case of too much testosterone and too much alcohol," and claimed Figaniak "was the first to get physical" and shoved Chandler, a co-defendant in the case, "in an act of aggression."

Read live updates from the trial here.

On Monday, 75 people had filtered through the Ohio County Courthouse to go through the jury selection process, but 23 people were selected for the jury.

Peacock's co-defendant, Jarret Chandler, will be testifying against him during the trial, which is expected to last through Friday.

Figaniak died one day after getting into a fight on the corner of National Road and Locust Avenue with Peacock and co-defendant Chandler. Chandler, who was not indicted by the grand jury, instead was charged with a misdemeanor. Both men were arrested at a campsite frequented by oil and gas workers in the area.

(Original Story: Arrests made at oil, gas campground in beating death of Wheeling Jesuit University student)

Peacock pleaded not guilty in May to a felony murder charge.