PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - It was an explosive day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Jeffery "Juice" Allen. He is one of two suspects accused of robbing and shooting 86-year-old Charles Mason back in 2011. Several loved ones recounted the days before Mason's death and told jurors about problems he had with the suspects.
On day one of Jeffery Allen's capital murder trial, Charles Mason's son was the first to take the stand. The son recounted how he and the man accused of killing his father, grew up together in Jackson County playing ball.
The younger Mason said Allen would do odd jobs for his dad who owned a popular Junkyard on Hog Island. The son testified that trouble began brewing days before his dad's death with both Allen and his dad's one time girlfriend, Donna Maria Freeman, over some stolen money.
"It was something about a check issue," Mason testified.
Charles Mason's ex-wife's of 30 plus years then testified. She said Freeman had moved on from her ex and began dating the defendant. She also said Mason told her Freeman was writing checks from his bank account without his consent. Her former husband no longer wanted Freeman and Allen on his property anymore.
"He said he was not going to have them on his place," Cathy Mason said.
Allen and Freeman are both charged in Charles Mason death. The 86-year-old was shot in the back with a .22 caliber rifle. Neighbor Allen Tub said he found Mason dead inside his home. Tub told the court the day before the shooting, the junkyard dealer had reportedly confronted the couple about stealing from him and Jeffery Allen was livid about it.
"Jeffery was saying that I need to hurry up and get out of here because I am getting accused of stealing," neighbor Allen Tub said.
During cross examination, the defense pointed the blame at Donna Freeman, saying Jeffery Allen was always concerned about Mason, even calling him "Uncle Charles" at times. Allen's attorney also pointed out Allen's name was not on any checks stolen from the Mason's bank account.
Court will resume Wednesday morning at 8:30 and the prosecution is expected to call 13 witnesses.