EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A trial is under way in southwestern Illinois for a man accused in the drive-by killing of a 12-year-old boy who prosecutors say was writing a letter to the local school board when he was gunned down.
Marcus Powell, 31, is charged in Madison County with first-degree murder in the death of Delarrian Davis.
A prosecutor told jurors the boy had just started writing a note to the school board, telling them students should be allowed to wear different-colored shoes. That's when his house was sprayed by bullets late on Oct. 7, 2008. Davis was shot in the head.
Investigators contend Powell had a feud with a man living at the house.
Powell is already serving 35 years in federal prison on an unrelated drug charge.