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Jury hears opening statements in police officer’s death

MANASSAS, Va. — Jurors have heard opening statements in the death-penalty trial of an Army staff sergeant charged with killing his wife and a police officer who responded to the scene on her first shift.

Two other officers were also seriously injured in the February 2016 shooting in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Staff Sgt. Ronald Hamilton is charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Crystal Hamilton, and Prince William County Officer Ashley Guindon.

During opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors played Hamilton’s 911 call, when she pleaded for help before she was shot.

Defense lawyers do not dispute Hamilton committed the shootings but deny he acted in a premeditated manner.

His lawyer said Hamilton’s fight with his wife began when he objected to her plans to attend a male dance revue with friends.