Openings Expected In Ohio Trial Hinging On Blinks

UPDATED: Wednesday May 1, 2013 8:48 AM

A murder trial is getting underway for a Cincinnati suspect charged with shooting a man who authorities said identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and on a ventilator.

Jurors in Cincinnati were set to hear opening statements Wednesday in the case of 35-year-old Ricardo Woods.

He is charged with shooting David Chandler in the head and neck on Oct. 28, 2010. Chandler then communicated only with his eyes until he died about two weeks later.

Prosecutors plan to show jurors a videotaped police interview that they contend shows Chandler blinking three times to identify a photo of Woods as his shooter.

The defense argues the blinks were unreliable and inconsistent, but the judge ruled jurors can see the video.

Woods could get life in prison if convicted.

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