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Martha's Vineyard Murder Trial Begins

Was it self-defense or murder? The trial of Ovando Eghill is set to begin in Edgartown today, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Nearly two years after Ovando Eghill was first accused of fatally stabbing his wife's ex-husband, Michael Trusty, his murder trial is set to begin today, according to the Cape Cod Times.

As reported on Martha's Vineyard Patch, Eghill and Trusty began arguing on the evening of June 15, 2011, in front of a home in Vineyard Haven where a caregiver was watching both Eghill and Trusty’s children.

Each man has a child with Kelly Eghill, Eghill's wife and Trusty's ex-wife.

During the argument, both men armed themselves with blades: Eghill said Trusty first menaced him with a machete, after which Eghill defended himself with a work knife.

Trusty was stabbed in the heart and airlifted to a Boston hospital, where he died June 18.

Eghill was freed on $10,000 bail. A Jamaican native who had been living on the Vineyard for five years at the time of the stabbing, he surrendered his passport and "green card" after his arrest.

As the story unfolded, it was reported by Martha's Vineyard Patch:

  • Stabbing in Vineyard Haven; Self-Defense May Be Involved
  • Stabbing Victim Remains Critical; "Possibility" He May Be Charged
  • Stabbing Victim Has Died
  • Stabbing in Vineyard Haven: Sequence of Events

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Martha Magee April 02, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I knew Michael very well. He was an angel. Aptly named - Trusty. The enormous crowds of people who loved him - the soulful, heartfelt outpouring at his funeral spoke volumes about the many lives he touched with his joyful spirit. This is a sad sad situation that weighs heavily on my heart just hearing about it again. My prayers are with all.
Holly Nadler April 02, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Michael used to call me Miss Holly when I saw him at Granite, so I called him Mr. Michael. One day I bought a table and asked if the store delivered. Michael said, "Sure, let's take it to your house right now." I climbed into a truck with him and an assistant, and the minute he started the engine, Jamaican music blasted from the speakers. We talked and laughed over the sound track all the way to Oak Bluffs, and I remember telling him I wished I could always have that much fun in life. How somehow with so much joie de vivre could be murdered is beyond me.
Barbara L April 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Like the other comments, I knew Michael Trusty as a fine and decent man. He was a gentle soul, honest and kind. I know he had a fear of his ex-wife's husband especially for his child. He once told me the man had a short temper.

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