Shocking and emotional testimony in first day of Quincy murder trial

    The courtroom listens as a witness takes the stand at the Adams County Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger.

    Shocking and emotional testimony as a Quincy murder trial begins Wednesday in Quincy.

    KHQA’s Rajah Maples was on assignment Wednesday covering the biggest murder case in the Gem City so far this year.

    Maples was live outside the Adams County courthouse Wednesday evening.

    Opening statements began followed by a day packed with witness testimony.

    The victim’s wife, Vivian Wires, was the first witness called to the stand. She recalled emotional testimony of the night she found her husband, Carlous, lying in a pool of his own blood in the living room.

    She said she was upstairs in bed when her husband died. After hearing two loud gunshots, she said she quickly went downstairs where she eventually saw her husband’s body. She said she first thought Carlous had committed suicide and dialed 911 to report it. It wasn’t until police showed up that she realized that someone had broken into their home and murdered her husband.

    When asked by the prosecution if she was the one who shot her husband, Vivian replied, “No sir. I did not.”

    Subsequent witnesses included Carlous’ daughter, Shelby, a long-time friend of Steven Gavin and a Quincy Police Department Sgt. who analyzed phone records from the night the victim died.

    Maples also stated that Curtis Lovelace was in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon but we're not sure why at this time.

    KHQA will continue to show you what happens in the courtroom this week.

    Meanwhile, KHQA’s Lynsey Whitaker recaps the case and how it all started.

    Carlous Wires, Sr. was shot twice in the head and died inside his home at 706 N. 4th Street.

    His wife, Vivian, testified Wednesday that she heard someone force their way into their home just moments before her husband died.

    Vivian and Carlous had been married for about 30 years and had 4 children.

    Quincy Police spent months gathering evidence before arresting Steven Gavin more than a year later in May 2017.

    Defense attorney Casey Schnack complimented QPD for conducting a thorough investigation.

    Asst. Adams Co. State’s Attorney Josh Jones told the jury that the victim was no saint. He explained at the start of Wednesday's trial that Carlous used crack cocaine and sold marijuana. But Jones told the jury this trial should not be about how Carlous lives but how he died.

    The state alleges Gavin shot the victim over a drug deal gone wrong.

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