FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A trial has begun for a Harrison County man accused of a 2020 murder in Marion County.

David Lewis

On July 12, a jury trial for David Lewis, 22, of Bridgeport, began before Marion County Circuit Court Judge David Janes for the Dec. 15, 2020, murder of 20-year-old Dylan Harr in on Locust Avenue in Fairmont.

A jury was selected and opening statements in the case were given, after which, the state called its first witness who was a friend of Harr and witnessed the murder.

At that time, the jury was shown photos of the crime scene and pictures of what Lewis wore on the night of the incident, after which, the defense argued the witness’s testimony due to the distance from the incident, the poor lighting conditions and that fact that the witness had smoked marijuana that night and had later changed his original statement.

A woman, who shared an apartment with Lewis and two other people, testified that money came up missing from the apartment and a house meeting was called where Lewis was asked to leave.

Harr followed Lewis outside to console him and that’s when Harr was shot, the woman said.

Prosecutors also played a 911 recording for the jury where the woman identified Lewis as the shooter.

Fairmont State University’s deputy chief also testified; he was one of the first individuals to respond to the scene.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning.