The first witnesses have testified in bench trial of a local man accused of cutting his former girlfriend’s throat and killing her.

Four witnesses, including the victim’s mother and the crime-scene investigator, testified in Caddo District Court Monday, October 30, 2017, in the start of the second-degree murder trial of Kelvin Dewayne Brown II.

The trial is before District Judge John D. Moseley Jr., who will determine Brown’s guilt or innocence. Brown, 29, of Benton, is accused of the December 6, 2014 slaying of a former romantic partner, Alicia West. West, 33, ended the relationship shortly before the murder. She later was attacked and her throat slashed. She died at University Health.

Morning trial proceedings also included presentation of crime scene photos and the victim’s body at the hospital.

Testimony has resumed and proceedings will continue through the afternoon.

Prosecutors are assistant District Attorneys  Britney A. Green and Ron Christopher Stamps. Brown is defended by Michelle Andrepont.

If convicted as charged, Brown faces a mandatory life prison term at hard labor, with no possibility of probation, parole or reduction of sentence.