Prosecution calls key witnesses to the stand in Dujuan Garris trial

Three days into the James Anderson murder trial, the prosecution spent the day hammering out the details of the night that police say Dujuan Garris, 21, fatally shot and killed the 27-year-old.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Anderson testified Anderson suffered three gunshot wounds, in addition to abrasions consistent with falling down a flight of stairs after he was shot.

Eyewitness Danelle Scott, 19, testified and said repeatedly she couldn’t remember specifics about the suspect who shot and killed Anderson, after testifying that her location in the room that night gave her visibility of the attacker. On several occasions the prosecution presented Scott with her grand jury testimony, taken two years ago, in an effort to “refresh her memory.”

After a quick break, Scott was supposed to be called back on the stand. However, she didn’t appear in the courtroom and the both the defense and prosecution approached the judge.

After ushering the jury out on an early lunch break, the judge and attorneys spoke relating to issuing a warrant and putting court marshals on the matter.

Upon the jury’s return from break, Scott was placed back on the stand and upon her cross examination Scott told the defense she “didn’t want to be involved in this case.”

Garris is expected in court Monday for his continued trial.


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