Opening arguments were made Monday in the trial of a 22-year-old woman accused in a deadly home-invasion robbery last year in Edgewood.
Amanda Knight has pleaded not guilty to firstdegree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault. She’s the second of four defendants to go to trial in the slaying of Jim Sanders, 43.
Prosecutors allege Knight and Kiyoshi Higashi went to Sanders’ home April 28, 2010, after Sanders listed a diamond ring for sale on Craigslist. The two posed as buyers and, after they entered the home, Higashi pulled a gun.
Higashi and Knight bound Sanders and his wife, Charlene, and then signaled to two men waiting outside to enter the house, according to prosecutors.
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Those men – Clabon Berniard and Joshua Reese – herded the Sanders’ two sons at gunpoint into the kitchen with their parents, prosecutors allege.
Jim and Charlene Sanders were beaten and threatened with death before Jim Sanders broke free fought with the robbers, according to testimony during Higashi’s trial.
Sanders was fatally shot and the robbers fled with jewelry, a laptop computer, cell phones and other items.
A jury found Higashi, 23, guilty as charged last month. Berniard and Reese have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and await trial.