The trial began Monday in Worcester Superior Court for Nicolas Guaman, the man accused of striking and dragging Milford resident Matthew Denice in 2011.
Guaman, an Ecuadorian citizen who is reportedly in the U.S. illegally, is facing numerous charges in the death of the Framingham State University graduate and Milford resident on Aug. 20, 2011 in Milford. Guaman's trial officially began Monday after two delays in April and again last week.
On the first day of the bench trial, which is expected to last five days, prosecutors played a 911 call in which Guaman's 9-year-old nephew called police to report that Guaman had left the house, driving drunk, according to WHDH.
Guaman's attorney told the court that his client tried to "leave from a chaotic scene not knowing what was going on under his vehicle," according to WHDH.
Witnesses also testified Monday that they tried, unsuccessfully, to get Guaman to stop after seeing Denice pinned beneath the vehicle, according to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.
Judge David Ricciardone is overseeing the trial.