Testimony began in the trial of the man charged in the brutal killing of Brittani Young.
It was an emotional day at the Cleveland County Courthouse as Young’s mother and friend testified, reliving the day of the slaying in 2018.
Cleveland County prosecutors said Joseph Alliniece stomped on Young's head until she died.
The defense didn't deny he was responsible.
Instead Alliniece's lawyers claimed their client lost control, killing Young in a fit of rage.
Prosecutors called five witnesses.
Kelly Nipper was one. She spent time with Young and Alliniece hours before Young was murdered.
Nipper said the couple argued a little bit and she didn’t think anything bad would happen when she left for her doctors appointment.
When she came back, she said Alliniece pulled her into the apartment and that's where she saw Young's body.
Young's mother, Stacy Roberts Rasberry, also testified on Monday.
She said on the day Young died, her daughter called her crying, and asked her to come over. When she arrived, Roberts-Raspberry couldn't get inside at first.
She thought her daughter was playing a trick on her. She eventually got inside and discovered her daughter's body. Also in the room with her daughter’s body was Nipper and her toddler huddled and afraid in a corner.
“It hit me so hard. I feel really, really, really bad for her. Really bad for her. I don’t know what to say, Brittani loved her daughter to death,” said Roberts-Raspberry.
Alliniece's case is eligible for a death penalty sentence if he is found guilty. The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.