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Trial starts for Rockford man who ran from murder charge

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Donald Falls on trial for 2011 murder. Donald Falls on trial for 2011 murder.
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Witness photo of car Anding was riding in during shooting. Witness photo of car Anding was riding in during shooting.
Police photo of 2011 crime scene. Police photo of 2011 crime scene.
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Heated testimony as a Rockford murder trial gets underway. The defense calls into question eye witness testimony. Donald Falls is on trial for killing Harold Anding in 2011. He is also accused of the attempted murder of two other people who were in the car with Anding.

In opening statements prosecutors painted a picture of Falls lying in wait at a stop sign. When a car carrying Anding pulled up to it he started shooting and didn't stop until Anding stopped moving.

"The only thing Harold Anding had time to do was to raise his arm to shield himself from bullets to try to protect his head and face. It wasn't sufficient," says Tiffany Davis, prosecutor.

The defense argues that shooter was not Falls. The attorney says the photo lineup is the real reason people were picking his client. Falls was the only one wearing red, the same color the shooter wore. But witnesses who took the stand described fall saying they watched him shoot into the car.

"I ran off the porch towards the direction and then that's when I heard probably 20 or more gunshots," says Jaci Arbisi, she later pointed to Falls in court saying he was the man shooting.

"Go over that evidence. Go over what you hear and go over what you don't hear as to whether it is sufficient," says Mark Kusatzky, defense attorney.

Falls has pleaded not guilty. He was charged with murder in 2011. But he wasn't not arrest until 2012 when he was found in Charleston, Illinois. 

The defense still has to put on its case. The trial is not suppose to wrap up until next week.

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