Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (CBS) – A Philadelphia man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend during a knife attack at Meadowbrook train station in Abington is on trial. The trial of Gilbert Newton III is expected to last five days.
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The trial is moving at a fast pace. After 10 a.m. Monday, a jury of 12 people and two alternates were selected. Shortly after 11 a.m., the opening arguments for both the prosecution and defense concluded, and several witnesses had already taken the stage.
Newton III faces first and third degree murder charges. He is accused of Attacking and killing 18-year-old Morgan McCaffrey At Meadowbrook train station on July 27, 2020. The two agreed to meet there to discuss their relationship. Police found her body after a nuisance call.
An autopsy concluded that the Nazareth Academy graduate had at least 30 stab wounds and cuts.
Philadelphia police quickly responded to the 18-year-old Newton’s home afterwards His mother said he was covered in blood and that he told her he had hurt his girlfriend.
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In the year that has passed, the people closest to McCaffrey are still grieving.
Cass Quinn, McCaffrey’s grandmother, told CBS3, “It’s hard to believe she’s not here. I go to bed crying at night, I wake up crying. It’s just hard.”
On Monday, McCaffrey’s uncle spoke with CBS 3 outside the courtroom about what the past year has been like for their family.
“To do what we have been through and going through, no family should suffer in this way. Burying a child for one thing but burying a child as the result of an evil act is unthinkable,” Frank McCaffrey said.
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Newton III is Currently detained in Montgomery County Jail without bail. COVID has postponed the trial from its original March date.