Testimony resumes Thursday in gas station murder trial

Testimony resumes Thursday in gas station murder trial

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Testimony will resume Thursday morning in the trial of a suspect accused of killing a man at a Summerville gas station.

Thomas Shewtzuk was 18 when he was charged with murder in the shooting death of Travis Gordon on June 13, 2015.

During opening statements, prosecutors said Shewtzuk confessed to family members that he shot and killed Gordon.

A Dorchester County detective testified Wednesday he took crime scene photos of some cigarette butts and a chain.

SLED DNA analyst Lillian Gallman testified she tested DNA evidence from the shooting. She said a cigarette butt from the crime scene matched the DNA profile of Shewtzuk.

Later, with the jury out of the courtroom, surveillance video of the shooting was played in court. The judge ruled a jury can see the video, but the judge did not permit news cameras to record the footage.

Prosecutors say the video shows Shewtzuk and the victim Gordon waking into the store, then shows Shewtzuk apparently leaving the store coming back with a gun and shooting Gordon twice in the head before running away.

Deputies responded to the BP Quick Food Mart on Highway 17A South. Deputies found Gordon dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Shewtuk surrendered to authorities five days later.

The trial is expected to end as early as Thursday.

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