Jury to see sites of central Ohio highway shootings

The jury in the Columbus-area highway shootings case starts the trial Wednesday with a six-hour trip around local highways.

The jurors will tour the 12 places in four counties where Charles McCoy Junior admits firing a gun, hitting houses, vehicles and a school.

The stops will include a portion of the south outerbelt where 62 year-old Gail Knisley was struck and killed by a bullet fired by McCoy.

They’ll also stop at his mother’s Columbus home, where he hid his guns in his basement bedroom.

The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 24 charges. Some shootings give jurors the option of a lesser charge.

McCoy could face the death penalty if convicted of the most serious aggravated murder charge in the one death.

The prosecution intends to argue he intended to kill people, while the defense argues his untreated paranoid schizophrenia kept him from knowing right from wrong.

Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday.

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