Trial begins for man accused in Porterville double murder

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (KFSN) -- A double murder trial began in the South Valley on Monday. Omar Saleh is accused of killing two men who were robbing him.

In opening statements, we heard from the defense team about several robberies with similar circumstances to this one. We also heard from several witnesses recounting what they saw.

Omar Saleh walked into court Monday where his trial got underway. He's accused of shooting and killing two men on Aug. 2, 2013, outside an OfficeMax in Porterville.

Police say Omar Calderon and Adam Verdusco were stealing a backpack filled with $44,000 from Saleh's car. Saleh allegedly shot the men.

Witnesses testify that they heard two rounds of shots. One witness described Saleh and another man struggling over a backpack in the back of a vehicle. Another witness in the parking lot says she ducked in her car, fearing for her safety. Then she saw the victims drive off, bleeding.

Saleh's defense team says the victims match suspects from similar crimes. They believe Calderon and Verdusco followed Saleh from a bank.

Defense attorneys say a Delano detective will testify in the case about four similar robberies in Delano. Fourteen jurors will listen to all the testimonies and determine if Saleh is innocent or guilty. This trial is expected to last at least two weeks.
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