Trial begins for Muskogee man charged with death of 2-year-old boy

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - The jury trial began Thursday for a man accused of killing a 2-year-old Muskogee boy.

Twenty-one-year-old Elbert Meeks is facing murder charges for the death of Ja'Cion Logan.

Prosecutors say Meeks shot Logan when he tried to force his way into Logan's grandmother's home.

The grandmother, Sandra Cooper, testified during an earlier hearing that Meeks grabbed her by the hair and was trying to shoot her when the toddler was killed.

But Meek's family told a different story Thursday. 

The truth is my brother is innocent and everybody that's in that court room that's working with this court knows the truth," said Thrymeeka Anderson, Meek's sister.

The defense claims Meeks was at home at the time of the shooting.

Meek's attorneys say they have cellphone and Internet records to prove it.

"He was at home, it was his 21st birthday, he was having some drinks and trying to get with some girls," said Anderson.

JaCion's other grandmother, Vickie Ragsdale, says it's up to the jury to pass judgment on Meeks, but she wants justice for her grandson.

"I'm listening to the testimonies and I just don't know. I mean I'm just on the outside looking in," said Ragsdale.

The trial is expected to last into next week and there are dozens of potential witnesses lined up to take the stand.

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