Trial underway for Navy SEAL accused of stretching the truth - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Trial underway for Navy SEAL accused of stretching the truth

Christopher Heben on first day of trial (Source: WOIO) Christopher Heben on first day of trial (Source: WOIO)
Christopher Heben in court. (Source: WOIO) Christopher Heben in court. (Source: WOIO)
Christopher Heben during trial. (Source: WOIO) Christopher Heben during trial. (Source: WOIO)
Christopher Heben on first day of trial (Source: WOIO) Christopher Heben on first day of trial (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The trial for a northeast Ohio Navy SEAL accused of lying about being shot in Bath Township last year began in Akron today.

Christopher Heben pleaded not guilty to falsification and obstructing official business.

Heben claimed he was shot in the stomach by three black men in the parking lot of the Mustard Seed Market in Bath Township on March 28, 2014.

Heben never called 911, but drove himself to the hospital to get help. 

He was arrested after investigators found inconsistencies with his story.

Prosecutors in the case are trying to prove that Hebron led police on a wild goose chase for three gunmen who never existed.

A Bath Police officer who was in the shopping plaza at the time of the reported incident testified that he was surprised anything happened since he and another officer were on the property. 

The officer also testified to the injuries they observed on Heben when he brought himself to the fire department, describing small holes and a small pool of blood.

Another patrolman who helped in the investigation bolstered the prosecutor's case.

He testified that there were hundreds of cars in that parking lot that evening and crowds of people in the area, but nobody reported hearing or seeing anything.

No shell casings were found and surveillance video did not capture the alleged altercation.

A crime analyst also took the stand to discuss Heben's cell phone records.

The jury was dismissed shortly before 3:30 p.m. and will reconvene Wednesday at 9 a.m. 

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