The People Of The State Of California v.
The Prosecution opened with six witnesses. They are expected to call 10 or 11. The first witness was my son's little girlfriend. She was talking with him on the phone when she heard a voice ask, "Where are you from?". Then she heard a wind sound and the phone went dead. She cried on the witness stand when she talked about how the next day in school she learned that Jas was murdered. The Defense tried to ask questions about some gang crap. The Prosecution objected and the Judge sustained it.
The Second witness was a neighbor down the street. She said that she saw a Latino man walk up to my Son and shoot him once and then he walked around my Son and shoot him again in the head. She said the Latino man ran to the car, got in and they drove off. She talked about how she froze and just stood there in shock. She too cried during her testimony.
The Third witness was the driver. She was driving her brother's car. The driver and a female friend were out getting tattoos when the defendant called her on her cell phone. She then dropped the girlfriend off and picked up the defendant and his friend that evening. They drove to the bank and she tried to withdraw some money from her account. She wasn't able to get money out of her account, so the defendant gave her directions to take him where he could get some money. According to the driver, the defendant had a friend that owed him some money.
The driver took the defendant to our next door neighbor's house. That's how they came to be in our neighborhood. The neighbor's son wasn't home. According to the driver, the defendant walked back to the car on the passenger side and said, "I'll be right back". The next thing she heard was a gun shot and someone scream. The driver of the car said that the defendant came running to the car telling her to take off. She also said the defendant started telling his friend in the back seat what he just did.
To make a long story short, the driver dropped the defendant's friend home and her and the defendant went to Culver City Park to hang out. She said she was scared and didn't know what to do. It was after 9:00pm and the park was closed to the public. The Culver City Police saw the driver and the defendant in the car and approached them. The driver had identification but the defendant did not. Culver City took the defendant's name and made a notation of the license plate number to the car they were in.
The fourth witness was the Deputy Medical Examiner. He talked about the two gun shots and how the shot to his head was the fatal shot. He also spoke about how one of the bullet's struck my son in the hand and broke his knuckel.
The fifth witness was the next door neighbor. He spoke about how the defendant came to his house looking for his son. He said when he told the defendant that his son was not home, the defendant went back down the driveway. Then seconds later he heard two gun shots.
The sixth witness was the LAPD Detective assigned to the case. According to the Detective, when the defendant left the next door neighbor's house, the defendant said, "tell him Pedro stopped by". The Detective was also questioned about a Police line-up that never took place.
And that's the short version!