For the last year Joseph Harvey Junior missed birthdays, graduations and weddings, but loved ones think of him often.
"Joe was a big guy, but Joe was not a mean guy,” said Jennie Jones. “His heart was as big as his size."
The 36-year-old lived with Jones off and on for about 20 years. She says he was like a son. But Harvey's life was cut short on June 8th 2013 when he was shot to death after a confrontation on the side of a highway.
"I would like to see this man pay for what he did," Jones said.
It's a fate that lies in the hands of a jury in Annapolis, they will decide if New Jersey Police Detective, Joseph Walker committed murder or was simply defending himself. Police say the 41-year-old cut Harvey's car off as the two drivers were turning from Route 175 onto Route 3. According to investigators, both men pulled over and started fighting. Walker shot Harvey three times killing him
"Why would you shoot him three times, if you were scared, I mean why would you shoot him three times," said Jones.
Walker had his wife and three kids with him the night of the shooting, and Harvey was driving with a friend. The New Jersey cop reportedly identified himself as an officer before firing the handgun, and claims Harvey screamed racial slurs at him, forcing walker to protect his family. Harvey's family and friends hope no police bias gets in the way of justice being served.
"I just don't have a lot of confidence that a lot is going to come out of this," said Jones. "I am hoping, I am praying for a fair trial."
The trail starts Monday morning and is expected to last three weeks.