Trial begins for a Liverpool man accused of murdering friends while high on 'water'

Trial begins for Liverpool man accused of killing two friends while high on 'water'

Jury selection started Monday morning in Onondaga County Court for a Liverpool man accused of killing two of his friends and shooting a

third while high on â??waterâ??.

Investigators say 28-year-old Martinous Hudson, of Liverpool, was high on marijuana and a hallucinogenic drug when he opened fire in a van last August, killing two of his friends and injuring a third.

Police say Hudson and his friends were driving in a car on West Glen Street back in August 2010 when he suddenly began ranting incoherently about the devil.

He then pulled out a gun and started firing at his companions.

17-year-old Lavonna Hamilton and 24-year old Maurice Miller were killed. 24-year-old Eric Bellamy was hurt.

Syracuse Police say

that "water" is the street name for

a cigarette or marijuana joint that is dipped in

liquid PCP

. They say users can become disoriented and enraged while having a high threshold for pain. It can also cause heart attacks, brain damage, hallucinations, and even death.

Hudson is charged with two counts of second degree murder.