Opening statements are expected Wednesday morning in the first-degree murder trials of Oliver Litt Jr. and Alfred Brown in Scott County District Court.

Litt and Brown are accused of gunning down Hano Bailey, 41, of Davenport as he walked into his job at the International House of Pancakes in Davenport in May.

Their trials are being held in separate courtrooms. The two argued they should be tried separately because Litt had his statements to police suppressed but Brown’s statements will be admissible at trial.

Litt is accused of shooting Bailey five times at close range with a handgun as Bailey was walking into work as a dishwasher at the restaurant. After the shooting, Brown and Litt fled, and Brown allegedly helped Litt get rid of the handgun.

Police said Litt was upset with Bailey because he had sexually abused one of Litt’s relatives. Bailey was released from prison in March after serving seven years on a separate sex abuse charge.

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