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Trial of Accused Hit Man Started Monday

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The trial began Monday for the man accused of killing Yakima real estate broker Vern Holbrook. Luis Gomez-Monges stood before a jury Monday for the first time during opening statements.

Daniel Blizzard is currently awaiting sentencing after he was convicted earlier this month of hiring Luis Gomez-Monges to kill Vern Holbrook. Now the prosecution turns their attention to Gomez-Monges. 

In opening statements Monday morning, the prosecution alluded to both Jill Taylor and Adriana Mendez taking the stand against Monges during this trial. Taylor was Holbrook's former daughter in law and Mendez was with Holbrook and Monges when the brutal attack happened. Both also testified against Blizzard.  

Here's what the prosecution and the defense had to say in their opening statements...

"Mr. Gomez Monges, being the person that attacked Mr. Holbrook, and leaving him there for dead on may 25th 2013," Prosecutor Alvin Guzman said. "And that eventually leads to Mr. Holbrook's death."

"You're going to realize that there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt that my client did these terrible things to Mr. Holbrook," Defense Attorney Aaron Dalan said.

After opening statements, the prosecution called a co-worker of Holbrook's to the stand. He retold the terrible story of finding Holbrook in a pool of blood at an empty house, unable to talk. The prosecution also showed graphic footage from a Tieton police officer at the scene when they started emergency treatment on Holbrook. 

The trial of Luis Gomez-Monges will surely be just as emotional as Blizzards, except this trial will most likely be more graphic, going into intense detail about the attack on Vern Holbrook. 

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