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PORTLAND — The trial of a man accused of killing a Maine couple on Christmas Day 2015 is underway with prosecutors telling jurors the victims were shot in the head at close range.

But the defense contends there’s no forensic evidence including DNA or fingerprints tying David Marble to the shootings inside a sport utility vehicle.

The Portland Press Herald reported on opening statements Tuesday. Marble is charged in the fatal shootings of 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer in Manchester as they sat in an SUV.

The crime took place in Augusta, but the trial is in Portland. Part of the reason for the change of venue was publicity surrounding Marble’s nickname, “Dee Money.” Republican Gov. Paul LePage referred to “Dee Money” in highly publicized remarks condemning out-of-state drug dealers.

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