May 24, 2005 – Posted at 2:25 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- A Region 8 murder trial gets underway Tuesday in Craighead County. Alford Hendrix is on trial for the May 2004 shooting death of his wife Virginia. He faces charges of first-degree murder.
A jury was seated Monday and the trial began Tuesday with opening arguments at the Craighead County Courthouse.
Emotions ran high as friends and family of both Virginia and Alford Hendrix appeared in court. But even through the tears, Virginia Hendrix's family said they've waited for this day for a long time.
Virginia Hendrix's family says going through this trial is a tough experience.
“It's even tougher to see this man...God forgive me, I just want to go across there and rip his heart out, but I can't do that, but yea, I want him to pay,” said Peggy Ray, Virginia Hendrix’s sister.
“It has been pretty hard for us and we are hoping justice will prevail,” said Junior Greenway, Virginia Hendrix’s nephew.
Evidence was presented Tuesday.... including a copy of the 911 call Hendrix made. In it he states.... “Yes Mam, I just shot my wife,” and verifies that he is Alford Hendrix.
“To have to face the man that did all this to my family, the tragedy and everything, it is kind of tough,” said Greenway But Alford Hendrix's co-workers say the couple's relationship wasn't as it appeared.
“She was known to have an affair with another guy,” said co-worker Barbara Tacker.
It's alleged that Virginia Hendrix was having an affair with a co-worker, who worked with both of the Hendrixes.
“I knew it was going to come to this sooner or later, maybe not this bad but something almost,” said another co-worker Rosalee Jenkins.
But everyone involved in this case agree that it's a tragedy. “Al was a quiet person, he never bothered anybody, he never had no problem out of anything,” said Tacker.