Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Judge Steven Sword said he lost confidence in a juror after they were late for court two days in row. An alternate juror became one of the 12. The jury's makeup remained six men and six women. 10News confirmed with two defense attorneys that a white male juror replaced a black male juror.
The state called KPD Officer Edward Johnson to the stand at the beginning of the day. Johnson said he works in the forensic unit.
The courtroom saw pictures of a Dallas Street residence where Lisa Perry, Brandon Perry's mother, was shot. It was pointed out there there were bullet defects and there was some graffiti. Brandon Perry was later shot to death on the night of Dec.17-18, 2015.
The jury was shown cartridge casings from evidence.
Officer Johnson testified he noticed Brandon Perry enter the scene to see his mother and said that he was "very quiet." He testified the demeanor was "unusual."
Next, the jury saw photos of the Badgett Street residence where Zaevion Dobson was shot. There were bullet defects throughout the home.
Another KPD Officer took the stand. Dashcam video of KPD responding to the Lonsdale scene, where Dobson was, didn't show the scene, but people in the courtroom could hear the panic and emotion of the people there.
Zaevion's older brother, Zack Dobson, took the stand. He testified about the early hours of the night of Dec. 17, 2015. He said he went to the Fulton basketball game, came home and was going to hang out with other friends.
Assistant District Attorney General Phil Morton asked Zack if he's a "Crip" or in a gang. Zack said no, and that he's an athlete. Dobson said he was on the porch for what he thought was about 10 minutes and was told people were watching and when he turned, he heard the first shot.
Zack Dobson said he ran and could hear the "swish" of gunfire going past him so he hid and waited for what he thought was several minutes to make sure the gunfire ended.
He said he shook and yelled, "get up, get up" to his brother. Zack Dobson said he saw three or four people but because it was dark, he couldn't see who it was. When Morton asked Dobson if he had any idea why shots were fired at him, he said no.
After Dobson was cross-examined by the three defense attorneys, he stepped down from the witness stand.
Faith Gordon and Kiarra Rucker, two of the girls investigators said Zaevion Dobson shielded from gunfire, took the stand following Zack Dobson.
Rucker said another friend on the porch alerted her to people coming and they said they needed to go. She said she looked and saw more than two people.
She said she got to the ground, there was a break in gunshots, and then she ran into the house with Gordon.
On cross examination, Rucker said again that she thought she saw one man in a white t-shirt and others in dark clothing.
A witness later testified that he saw eight people dressed in all black in Lonsdale the night of Dec. 17, 2015. They were people he didn't recognize and said, "it didn't look good."
The witness said he went inside his Lonsdale home and called his friends on the porch to warn them to get inside. That's when they told the witness they were just shot at.
The witness said a family member told him to watch the rap video about a week after the shooing and that he told Zack about the person in the video. The defense attorney asked why he didn't tell police and he said he didn't know at the time. He testified that he's sure Kipling Colbert Jr. approached him that night.
Zaevion's mother, Zenobia, took the stand next. She testified about her sons playing football and called herself a "football mom."
Prosecutors put a photo of Zaevion on the easel next to the witness stand and Zenobia said, "Zaevion was always the protector....He wouldn’t back down.”
She said she heard gun shots when she was home after the boys left so she started praying. She said her phone started to ring of the hook and that's when she knew "something happened."
Zenobia Dobson said she didn't panic at the time, but then she got a knock on her door saying she had to go see her sons.
She said Zach, crying, told her, "We didn’t do anything ... we just got shot at for no reason." She said she wasn't allowed into the shooting scene, but she saw a blanket over Zaevion.