CONROE (FOX 26) - Elaborate props were rolled into Judge Lisa Michalk's Conroe courtroom Monday afternoon. It was all to help seal the fate of a 21-year-old man.
Joseph Guitierrez is accused of shooting and killing Montgomery County store owner Sam Sudraddin back on March 24, 2014.
Investigators say his accomplice was a 13-year-old boy who has already been sentenced to 15 years for his murder charge in the juvenile system.
Prosecutors said in their opening statement it took Guitierrez 17 seconds to snuff out the life of a man fondly referred to as Mr. Sam in the community.
The victim's family was also in court to once again here the painful details of their loved ones death. He was shot twice in the chest over money during a robbery.
Prosecutors are hoping to lock Guitierrez up for a life with no parole in the capital murder case.
Guitierrez has maintained his innocence despite the 13 year old who said he pulled the trigger. Guitierrez's defense team says the juvenile fired the gun that took Mr. Sam's life.
That now 15 year old is expected to testify in the case that will last through the end of the week.