Testimony begins in SPU shooting trial

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Testimony started Monday in the trial of Aaron Ybarra, the suspect in the shootings at Seattle Pacific University.  

Watch the trial live in the video player above or at this link.  (Note: if you see a newscast, the trial is in recess.) Reporter Amy Clancy is posting live updates here.

>>PHOTOS: Scene of shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Prosecutors say Ybarra, who is now 29, shot and killed 19-year-old Paul Lee and injured two others on SPU's campus on June 5, 2014.

Jurors will reportedly go back to SPU's campus to see where the shooting happened.

>>RAW VIDEO: Police interview Aaron Ybarra

Police released surveillance video showing a man they say is Ybarra opening fire.  At one point, his gun locks up.

In July 2014, a judge ruled that Ybarra's journal be released to the media that had entries dated prior to the shootings.

An entry dated June 2 read, "I used to always hate violence towards women, but there is no doubt that I'm going to kill quite a few in the shootout. I don't care anymore. There are a few universities in the state to pick from that I'm planning to attack. 

"I picked Seattle Pacific because I'm less familiar with it and I can see that University of Washington and Seattle University represent Seattle more. I didn't want to have to attack my own city. I went to SPU campus to get info and to find a good area to attack. A couple Mondays ago. I was trying to give myself a tour and asking where certain buildings were, acting like a transfer student."

Two days before the June 5 shootings, he wrote, "This is it! I can't believe I'm finally doing this! so exciting I'm jumping. Since Virginia Tech and Columbine, I've been thinking about these a lot. I use to feel bad for the ones who were killed, but now Eric Harris and Seung Hui Cho became my idols."

Ybarra is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault.

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The trial is expected to last up to two months.

Ybarra previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and has been held without bail since the shooting happened.                

In court filings, John Meis, the student who tackled Ybarra, is on a list of people who may be called to testify for the prosecution.

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Reporter Amy Clancy will be covering the entirety of the trial and Kirotv.com will stream it on all of our platforms. See her live updates here, and you can watch the trial live at this link.  Download the KIRO 7 News app to get alerts about the trial and all the latest news.

>>NOTE: The stream will stop for recesses and lunch daily.

 

 

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