The trial began Wednesday for a 46-year-old Macon man charged with the 2009 slaying of his girlfriend at their south Macon home.
Alphonzo McNear is charged with murder in the Oct. 29, 2009, death of 53-year-old Sandra Joann Stell.
When police arrived at 896 Newberg Ave., McNear told officers he had fallen asleep after drinking and found Stell unresponsive when he awoke, prosecutor John Regan said in his opening statement. The trial is being held in Bibb County Superior Court.
“Something didn’t seem quite right,” Regan said.
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McNear later admitted to police, during a recorded interview, that he had choked Stell to death. An autopsy confirmed that Stell didn’t die of natural causes, Regan said.
But McNear’s lawyer contends that there’s a lack of physical evidence linking McNear to Stell’s death -- and no eyewitness.
Although McNear admitted that he put his hands on Stell’s neck, “that’s not the whole story,” said Nathanial Studelska, McNear’s lawyer.
The admission, he said, came after three hours of questioning by police.
“Mr. McNear is not guilty,” Studelska said.
The trial is scheduled to continue Thursday.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.