James Roland Hooper III, 46 of Lynchburg

James Rowland Hooper testified about the events of Jan. 8, 2019 before a Pittsylvania County Grand Jury Thursday. 

Hooper, who is charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, testified the shooting happened in self defense. 

Around noon on Jan. 8, Jacob Steele Robertson was shot and killed at the Circle K on U.S. 29 in Blairs.

Testimony from Shannon Robertson and Hooper indicated the incident occurred following a road rage incident on U.S. 29 south on White Oak Mountain. 

Shannon Robertson testified Hooper killed Jacob Robertson, her fiancé.

Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Haskins rested midway through the afternoon.

Haskins called officers and crime scene experts to the stand to testify about evidence collected at the scene.

Hooper testified for over an hour for the defense, and said he was scared for his life that day in January. 

The trial was expected to last two days, however it was continued Thursday evening to Friday, June 7.

The jury is expected to deliver their verdict some time Friday.

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