By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — After jury selection Tuesday, attorneys will present opening arguments in the Adam Layne murder trial this morning.
Layne, 27, of Anderson, faces the murder charge as well as an enhancing habitual offender charge. On Dec. 9, 2012, he allegedly stabbed Willie Rumph, 23, of Anderson, several times during an argument over $75 at Layne’s home in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street.
According to police reports, a fight broke out between Layne and Rumph on the front porch of the home. The two, along with Layne’s girlfriend Sarah Smith were yelling at each other when Layne reportedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Rumph in the back.
Rumph, covered in blood, made his way back to his vehicle and drive himself a few blocks to St. Vincent Hospital where he was found limping by an off-duty police officer. He died a few hours later in surgery, but was able to provide doctors and police enough information about the attack.
Prosecutors said Rumph actually didn’t know Layne, but he was able to describe being stabbed by a man with distinctive facial tattoos like the ones sported by Layne.
Layne, who fled from the home with Smith after the incident, turned himself into police the next morning.
Prosecutors Andrew Hopper and Michael Chambers and defense attorney Jimmy McDole spent Tuesday on the lengthy voir dire process, and with only four jurors selected in the morning session, opening arguments and testimony were pushed back to Wednesday. McDole said the trial could spill into next week.
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