During opening statements, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Brad Burress said Moneyham was shot five times, with one shot perforating his heart.
“He (Moneyham) was dead there in the parking lot,” Burress told jurors. Eight 9-millimeter shell casings were found in and around the area were Moneyham was fatally injured.
Burress said during the trial, a female witness will recount her evening out with Moneyham that eventually led to the 513 Lounge.
“While inside the bar, she did see Brandon Moneyham,” Burress said. “This witness will tell you there appeared to be no problems between Marquan Cook and Brandon Moneyham.”
Sometime shortly after midnight, the witness went outside to put her purse in the car and saw Moneyham and Cook in the parking lot.
“She will tell you that she saw Marquan Cook with a gun ... and she saw Marquan Cook shoot Brandon Moneyham several times,” Burress told the jury.
After the shooting, Cook fled to Dayton and eventually to Florida. Cook was wearing a GPS device at the time of the shooting, which he eventually cut off his ankle, Burress said. It has never been found.
Cook was released from prison in November 2019 after serving 2.5 years for attempted felonious assault. He was on post release control when released from prison, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.
A report from the GPS monitor puts Cook in the parking lot at the time of Moneyham’s shooting, Burress said.
Defense attorney Billy Guinigundo deferred opening statements until after the prosecution’s case was presented. The trial is expected to last all week in Judge Jennifer McElfresh’s courtroom.