Man on trial for 2020 double murder in Concord Township
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - Blake Sargi is facing charges of aggravated murder, murder, and aggravated robbery for a double murder in Concord Township that happened in January 2020.
Opening statements happened Monday in court.
Sargi is accused of killing Heavenly Goddess Murphy-Jackson and William Larondez Jackson Jr.
He’s charged with aggravated murder, according to Lake County court records.
The defense said that Sargi was defending himself, but the prosecution is arguing the shooting was intentional.
Sargi “got offers from the University of West Virginia to go play there where he wanted to go become a doctor,” said defense attorney Angelo Lonardo. “All this changed when he incurred a number of serious injuries while playing sports.”
The defense then explained how Sargi’s sports injuries led to a pain killer addiction.
Sargi’s attorneys then suggested that the shooting was a drug deal gone bad, and Sargi was simply defending himself.
“He gets in the car, yes he has a gun. Why does he have a gun? I told you he knew this guy to be a dangerous guy,” said Lonardo.
The prosecutor fired back and explained these murders had nothing to do with self-defense.
“On January 4th of 2020, the defendant out of money, addicted to pain pills, desperate for pain pills that he had run out of on that date and having run out of all options decided that he would steal from them if he had to, he would rob for them if he had too, and he would kill for them if he had too,” said prosecutor Jenny Azouri.
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