DETROIT (WJBK) - Nine months after a young woman was killed in Detroit, a man she dated is on trial for her murder.
Kajavia Globe went missing in December and her body was found days later behind an abandoned home. Monday marked the first day of testimony.
The mother of Kajavia Globe, Lashonda Globe, was forced to testify about the death of her 24-year-old daughter who was murdered allegedly by her boyfriend, Maxwell Brack, a man that Kajavia had known since high school.
"I'm a proud mother. Kajavia was the perfect big sister," Lashonda said. "They called her my sister-mama because when I left, she took control. She was my everything."
Lashonda says her daughter was college-educated, determined and destined for success, and that she had just been promoted to a team leader or supervisor at her job.
"That Monday when we found her body, she should have been clocking in in her new department," Lashonda said.
Instead, that Monday in December, Kajavia’ s body was found in a trash can on Fielding Street. Days earlier, someone in a skeleton mask had used her bank card at an ATM.
Lashonda testified that the family had been searching for Kajavia and that she did not approve of her daughter's relationship with Brack.
"It was a domestic violence relationship," Lashonda said. "Kajavia was outselling him. She was passing him, she was leaving him behind."
Lashonda testified about a violent incident she had witnessed between the two one day as they were driving down her street.
"Her and Max, this car's driving by itself because her and Max (were) in there fighting," Lashonda said.
Prosecutors say that fighting eventually led to more violence - and ultimately Kajavia's death. Her mother recounting the scene where her body was found.
"I passed out, so when I woke up I saw police going into this house," she said. "I asked the detectives why are they going into that house right there. Does that house have anything to do with Kajavia, and they said 'Max lives there.'"
It was a difficult day on the stand for this mother, who at times sparred with the attorney representing the man accused of killing her daughter.
At one point, she said to the attorney while on the stand, 'You going to let me finish?'
Lashonda did finish and several other witnesses were called as well on this first day one of the trial.
Stay with FOX 2 for more continuing coverage on Brack's trial.