BUCHANAN COUNTY, Mo. – A murder trial has been going on in Buchanan County this week.

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Jurors heard opening statements Wednesday in the first degree murder trial of Charles Coats Jr., 34, of St. Joseph. Coats was charged after the shooting death of his cousin, Jason Ginn, in July of 2015. Authorities say Ginn was shot five times outside a home on South 15th Street in St. Joseph.

Coats has maintained a self defense argument throughout the proceedings.