One of Columbus’ shorter murder trials appears likely to end Wednesday as attorneys make their final arguments in the trial of Oscar Senior, charged in the April 13, 2012, fatal shooting of Charles Willis III.
Witnesses in the trial that started Monday have testified Willis, 31, was sitting in a car at Lawyers Lane and Seventh Street around 5 p.m. when he saw Senior and called out to him.
The encounter was not confrontational, they said, recalling that Willis shouted greetings such as “Hey, what’s up, Oscar?” and “Hey, it’s Charles.”
One witness said Willis also added, “Oh, so that’s how it’s going to be,” when Senior did not respond.
They said Senior pulled a handgun from his pants and fired into the car, the fatal shot hitting Willis in the head. A passenger in the vehicle ducked out and ran for cover as Senior fled, police said.
Police investigating the case said they found no obvious motive for the shooting.
Police were on the hunt for Senior for six months after the homicide. They arrested him Sept. 27, 2012.
Senior, who like Willis was 31 at the time, faces two counts of murder and one count each of aggravated assault, using a firearm to commit a crime and being a convicted felon with a firearm.
Superior Court Judge Maureen Gottfried is hearing the case. The prosecutor is Senior Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly. Senior’s defense attorney is Vicki Novak of the public defender’s office.