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Anton Josey is accused of killing Dominique Duval in 2009 because, he said, she gave him HIV. Prosecutor Tom Coleman and defense attorney Ed Salantrie discussed the allegation as Josey's trial began Wednesday.
Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a South Florida man who police say murdered his ex-girlfriend because she gave him HIV.
Anton Josey, 36, who faces murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, is accused of killing Dominique Duval in 2009. Prosecutor Tom Coleman told the jury Josey admitted his motive when an officer questioned him at the scene.
“I asked him ‘Whoa, what happened? Why is she bleeding?’” officer Paul Scheel testified. “[Josey] said, ‘I shot the b**** because she gave me HIV.’”
Josey's attorney, Ed Salantrie, told the jury the statement was not true.
“There was a misunderstanding of some sort, and by the way she does not have HIV or AIDS,” he said in court.
Josey and the then-23-year-old Duval had ended their relationship in August 2009.
Investigators said Josey arrived at his ex’s job at Blue Whale Publications in Fort Lauderdale at about 11 p.m. to kidnap her.
Fellow employee Michael Jenkins testified Wednesday that he watched Josey grab Duval by the neck and drag her toward his car.
In court Wednesday, jurors saw surveillance video from a Hollywood gas station that shows police pulling the Mercedes over for a traffic violation. Then Duval, bleeding profusely from her neck, jumped out of the vehicle.
But Salantrie said the shooting was not intentional, and the gun went off by accident.
“I submit it was accidental, that there was no intent at all to hurt, to shoot, to injure,” he said. “It was an accident.”