Tribune-Courier General Manager
Jury selection is expected to begin today in Marshall County Circuit Court in the murder trial of Billy Don Greer, 55, of Calvert City.
Greer is charged with murder in the Jan. 3 shooting death of 32-year old Darryl Domingue of Wickliffe. The shooting took place at Greer’s home on Griggstown Road.
Dan Melone, detective with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, had testified before a Grand Jury earlier this year that Greer, Domingue and Domingue’s wife Carrie had spent the day at Greer’s house on Jan. 3, talking and consuming alcohol.
An argument escalated into a fight and Carrie Domingue persuaded her husband to leave. As they ran to their truck, Melone said Greer followed them with a 12-guage shotgun and struck Domingue in the chest from about 8 feet away.
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said he plans to prove Greer murdered Domingue.
“The state does not see this as self-defense. The victim and his wife were attempting to leave the property,” said Blankenship. “Mr. Greer followed him out to his vehicle and introduced a weapon and basically executed him out of anger.”
Greer’s attorney, James Burkeen, said he plans to prove his client was acting in self-defense.
“The evidence will show there are two sides to the story and the jury will see that Mr. Greer was on his own property and acting in self-defense,” said Burkeen.
Both Blankenship and Burkeen have indicated they believe the trial will wrap up this week.
If convicted of murder, Greer could face life in prison.