Trial underway for man charged in homicide outside strip club

Timothy Josaahn Watson (Photo courtesy VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The trial for one of three suspects charged in the 2015 murder of a man outside a Virginia Beach strip club began Tuesday.

Paul Abbey, 25, was shot to death outside the Cheetah’s Lounge. Timothy Watson and Raiquan Turner were later charged with murder in connection with the shooting.

Turner is facing three life sentences for his role in the shooting, after a jury found him guilty on all counts earlier this month.

Watson’s trial started Tuesday morning in Virginia Beach. Jurors were expected to hear from Abbey’s friend, who has said he was with the victim when he died.

It took lawyers most of the day to select a jury. Prosecutors began with opening statements similar to those given in Turner’s trial, with a presentation going through the events of that night.

According to prosecutors, Watson said he needed to “come up on some money” and Turner said, “Me too.”

Left to right: Timothy Josaahn Watson, Keith Devon Mitchell and Raiquan Lamont Turner (Photos courtesy Virginia Beach Police Department

They claim it was Watson who gave a gun to Turner, before Abbey was shot in the back of the neck. The bullet was later recovered from his mouth.

Watson’s defense attorney told jurors Tuesday that he had nothing to do with the crime and that witnesses expected to testify have made inconsistent and erroneous statements.

A third suspect in the case, Keith Mitchell, pleaded guilty to accessory after the homicide, and testified in Turner’s trial. He told jurors that Watson and Turner claimed they needed money the night of the shooting.

Mitchell testified that he wanted no part in the robbery, and stayed in the car. Watson and Turner allegedly ran back to the car after Mitchell said he heard gunshots.

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