STAUNTON — A Stuarts Draft man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend kept his eyes down and averted his gaze from witnesses during almost all of five hours of testimony Thursday.|
A jury of six men and six women will return to Staunton Circuit Court today to hear the final day of testimony in the murder trial of John Michael Mason, 28.
Staunton police say Mason shot Amanda Kaye Bush, 20, just before 3 p.m. Nov. 30 after an argument outside the home where she worked as a live-in nanny. Five hours later, he wrecked his rented 2008 Dodge Charger in a remote area off the last exit of Interstate 77 near the North Carolina border.
With a pistol hidden in his pants, Mason tussled with a Virginia State Police trooper, racking up additional charges, before authorities arrested him, according to police.
Twice convicted as a sex offender, Mason faces 20 years to life in prison.
During an opening statement, Staunton Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Robertson told the story of Bush’s last day and described audiotapes of Mason’s jail calls that are to be played today.
“What you’ll never find is any remorse ... It’s all about him,” Robertson told jurors, alluding to a plan police say Mason hatched to get his charge reduced from first- to second-degree murder.
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