Delay throughout key witness look in Charlotte homicide trial
An unspecified authorized challenge has induced a delay within the homicide trial of Rayquan Borum, Choose Gregory Hayes informed jurors Wednesday morning.
Borum is accused of killing 26-year-old Justin Carr in uptown Charlotte on Sept. 21, 2016, the second evening of protests over a lethal Charlotte-Mecklenburg police taking pictures.
After a scheduled mid-morning break, prosecutors requested Hayes for extra time, saying one thing “uncommon” had come up. Invoice Bunting, chief of the Mecklenburg County District Legal professional’s Workplace murder staff, accompanied the prosecutors out of the courtroom and was later seen reviewing a regulation e book with them.
Legal professionals for each side went into Hayes’ chambers after that, together with Bunting and the lead CMPD detective on the case.
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The problem was apparently not resolved. Hayes despatched jurors to lunch a half-hour early, saying he hoped the delay could be over by 2 p.m.
The delay comes simply earlier than Borum’s protection attorneys would have began cross-examining a key witness — a federal inmate, Kendell Bowden, who says he spent a lot of the evening of the taking pictures with Borum.
Bowden testified earlier Wednesday that he noticed Borum level a gun twice that evening in 2016. The primary time, Bowden mentioned, Borum tried to fireplace and the gun didn’t go off.
Prosecutors requested Bowden the place Borum aimed the failed shot.
“(At) the police,” Bowden mentioned, clarifying that no explicit officer appeared to be the goal.
Moments after that, Bowden testified that he noticed Borum fling his arm again, level the gun behind him and hearth once more with out wanting.
That shot labored, Bowden mentioned, and hit Carr.
Bowden mentioned he ran away as soon as he heard the shot.
“This man is freakin’ nuts, I’m going,” he mentioned he was considering on the time.
However he bumped into Borum a number of blocks away, he testified. Bowden mentioned Borum threatened him and informed him to not speak.
Greater than a yr later, after Bowden pleaded responsible to id theft costs and was sentenced to five half years in jail, he talked to police about what occurred that evening.
He mentioned he waited so lengthy as a result of he was scared.
Bowden testified that nobody has provided him decreased time or one other deal in alternate for his testimony, though he isn’t against the thought. “It will assist,” he mentioned in court docket.