Government argues against suggestion of other shooters at Dujuan Garris trial

The government on Wednesday reaffirmed their argument that Dujuan Garris is responsible for the shooting of James Anderson.

Responding to arguments made by the government, Prosecutor Michael Liebman refuted that there were others who were responsible.

Liebman also slammed the defense’s contention that it was a rumor Garris came into the house and was identified as the shooter. The defense tried to discredit the witnesses who testified during the trial, and but Liegman said all witnesses’ testimonies matched what witness Jaquan Coates said when he “saw” the “shooter.”

According to the prosecutors, Coates did not personally know Garris but had seen him before about “four times.”

In response to the defense’s argument that Coates and his family were promised $25,000 if they spoke to the police, the government said Coates and his family moved from one “rough” neighborhood to another, suggesting that money was not a motivation for him to testify.

During closing arguments, the defense argued Garris did not have the gun about a year after the shooting.  Leibman said it was irrelevant–what mattered is who “had the gun” when the shooting happened, and suggested it was Garris.

The jury has begun deliberating and Garris is still being held without bond.


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