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Laverne Ware Jr. sat relaxed in a beige suit and a pressed white shirt with a pale blue tie and tan

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JUNEAU -- While Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg began his opening statement Tuesday morning, Laverne Ware Jr. sat relaxed in a beige suit and a pressed white shirt with a pale blue tie and tan leather shoes. He held a small Styrofoam cup filled with water to his lips, swallowed it and leaned over to speak with one of his attorneys, Anjali Sharma.

The 38-year-old Fox Lake resident didn't resemble a defendant on trial for first degree intentional homicide, but, instead looked like he was there to represent someone in court himself.

That wasn't the case.

Ware, who was charged in December of 2016 with first degree intentional homicide, is accused of murdering his girlfriend and first cousin, Sesalie Dixon. The 27-year-old woman was found in the cab of Ware's pickup truck inside a Fox Lake garage with three 9mm handgun wounds to her head.

Ware has been in custody in Dodge County Jail since January 2017 on a $2.5 million cash bond.

Tuesday was officially the first day of Ware's trial. Monday was reserved for jury selection of nine women and three men from Jefferson County. Ware's trial is scheduled for this week and it's expected to end March 15.

In his opening statement, Klomberg asked the members of the jury to stay aware of the number of people involved in the case and the different names many of his witnesses have.

Klomberg also said it is up to him to prove to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Ware is guilty of Dixon's murder.

Klomberg said Dixon was found slumped over inside of Ware's truck at a Fox Lake residence.

"There is a ton of forensic evidence I will be going through to prove my case," Klomberg said. "You will see a great deal of evidence in the next two weeks."

He said the bullet and shell casings that were discovered match that of a 9mm found in Ware's home.

"You're going to hear that in the weeks leading up to Sesalie's death Laverne beat her quite badly," Klomberg said. "You're also going to hear from one person in jail that the defendant confessed to the murder of Sesalie Dixon.

"You have to decide what the truth is. It can be a little overwhelming," Klomberg said. "Don't check your common sense at the door. You may be thinking to yourselves, 'How am I supposed to figure this out?' All of you have to work together to decide what the truth is. Don't just listen to the words of witnesses, but watch their body language. Listen to the cadence of their voices. Use the evidence you hear to access the truth."

Klomberg told the jury he is confident they will find Ware guilty.

"I'm confident when you hear all of the evidence you will find him guilty," Klomberg said pointing at Ware. "He's innocent today. Look at him. He's innocent today. He's an innocent man until all of the evidence is heard and then you will come to the conclusion he is guilty."

Ware, who is being represented by Aneeq Ahmad and Anjali Sharma, disagreed.

Sharma said in her opening statement it was not her client who killed Dixon, but his mother, Marjorie Jones, 65, who was found guilty in January 2018 of felony counts of harboring/aiding a felon and possessing a firearm as a felon as a party to a crime. Jones was accused of harboring her son when law enforcement originally came to question him about Dixon's death. She is serving her six year sentence at Taycheedah Correctional Institution.

Sharma said Ware had no motive to kill Dixon.

"This case is about resentment and rage," she said. "Marjorie had the motive, intent and opportunity."

Sharma said after Ware's father died he received a large inheritance, which Jones was jealous of especially when she discovered Ware purchased a diamond engagement ring and a large fur coat for Dixon.

"She demanded Mr. Ware buy her a diamond ring and a fur coat too," Sharma said. "Marjorie despised the relationship between Mr. Ware and Miss Dixon. The evidence by the state will not show Mr. Ware killed Miss Dixon. There was no blood found on his clothing. There was no DNA of Mr. Ware's found. There were no fingerprints of Mr. Ware's found on the gun. There is no eyewitness testimony that corroborates Mr. Ware killing Miss Dixon. He did not murder Miss Dixon. You don't have to like Mr. Ware or Mr. Ware's life choices, but you must find him not guilty."

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