Man charged with murder appears before judge; in statement says killing was an accident.


Looking forward and sitting close to his attorney, Justin McConico appeared before a judge in a pre-trial hearing Monday. McConico, 23, is charged with killing his girlfriend Sara Mitchell, 20.{}Her body was found in a dumpster in Oxford after she had been reported missing.In court, a Birmingham police detective laid out a timeline of events. {}According to the investigator, McConico and Mitchell got into an argument that escalated and became physical. McConico hit Mitchell knocking her out as she fell to the ground. {}He then put Mitchell into the trunk of a car where she died.{}"Both of them were hitting each other. He hit her and either she became unconscious," said Emory Anthony, McConico's attorney.{}The detective stated, while on the stand, that when investigators spoke with McConico he admitted to killing Mitchell but said it was unintentional."[He] never intended to kill this young lady.... she was the best friend, best person he had ever met. And there's no intent," said Anthony.{}The judge issued a bond of $250,000.00, which Anthony called 'reasonable'. {}Mitchell's relatives said McConico should not have been offered bond and that he should spend the rest of his life behind bars.{}The case now moves to a grand jury.{}