UPDATE: Murder trial begins in Berkeley County for shooting death of 22-year old woman

Nassthasia Van Camp aka Powell was charged with one count of first-degree murder

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County murder case that dates back three years went to trial on Wednesday.

Nassthasia Powell, aka Nassthasia Van Camp, was charged with one count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 22-year old woman.

Two families changed forever.

"It's been three years, and we've been looking forward to this for so long,” said victim’s mother, Andrea Blacker.

Police said around 3:30 in the morning on June 28, 2014, 22-year old Taylor Hawkridge was shot in front of her home after getting back from work.

They said she was living in a townhome in the Townes at Willow Tree in Martinsburg.

"I went from being a mother to not being a mother, and I can't even describe how that feels everyday,” said Blacker.

During opening statements on Wednesday, prosecutors told the jury that testimonies and evidence would prove that Hawkridge was "ambushed," and Van Camp "actively participated" in the murder.

They said they would be able to prove falsities in Van Camp's statements to police by hearing from witnesses and viewing surveillance footage from the night of the murder.

The defense, on the other hand, told the 12 jurors that they would prove at least two people were involved, and Van Camp was an "unwilling participant."

After opening statements, the jury was able to start hearing from witnesses, see surveillance footage and hear Van Camp's interview with police.

"You hear these stories all the time, but until you live it, it's hard to describe,” said the victim’s step-father, Joe Blacker.

After an investigation, West Virginia State Police said they found two used shell casings on the property.


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