A street light illuminated the shadow of a man pointing a gun at Leonard Morgan Cox on April Fools Day 2012.
Watching from inside a former boarding house Cox was renovating on Macons Bartlett Street, his girlfriend initially thought it was a hoax.
It was April Fools Day. I never thought anything like that would happen, Maya Wilson testified Tuesday in Bibb County Superior Court.
But soon she was hiding in a corner, watching as the gunman fatally shot her boyfriend.
Testimony began Tuesday in the trial for 30-year-old Maurice Dugger, the man charged with murder and armed robbery in Coxs death.
His lawyer, Bobby Bearden, said Dugger acted in self-defense and did not rob Cox.
He said Dugger has told police he had been seeing Wilson and he thought Cox would shoot him in jealousy.
Wilson denied allegations that the men had argued about her prior to the shooting. She also denied having a relationship with Dugger. In her more than nine months of dating Cox, Wilson said she never saw him with a gun.
Speaking from the witness stand Tuesday morning, Wilson admitted that Cox, who also was known by the nickname Ray, sold crack cocaine at 972 Bartlett St.
Just before 11:30 p.m. on April 1, 2012, Wilson was sitting in Coxs lap on the porch and the couple argued. Cox asked her if she had cheated on him. She said she hadnt, Wilson testified.
Then she went to Coxs truck to get some water to drink. She heard a noise in the bushes and went inside.
Wilson said she saw the man with the gun and heard him tell Cox to give it up.
Ray gave him everything he had, Wilson said.
Unsatisfied, the man demanded more and Cox took off his shoes and pulled out his pockets to show he wasnt holding anything back. Cox told the man that there was more inside, but the man told him not to move, Wilson said.
At some point, the gunman allowed Cox to go inside and Cox tried to close the door. The gunman blocked the door with his foot and fired a shot around it, striking Cox in the torso, she said.
Wilson said she saw a spark in the dark when the gun was fired.
Cox stumbled back and fell to the floor.
The gunman pushed his way in and demanded more money, Wilson recalled.
Im in the corner crying and praying, she said, adding that she pleaded with Cox to give the gunman what he wanted.
Cox was gurgling, sounding like he was drowning. The gunman left and Wilson went to her grandmothers house, located a few houses down the street, to call for help.
She said she recognized the gunman from the Bartlett Street area, but didnt know his name. She later picked him from a police lineup.
In court Tuesday, she pointed him out to jurors as he sat dressed in a blue shirt at a table with his legs shackled.
When questioned by Duggers lawyer, Wilson admitted she had smoked some marijuana and drank alcohol on the night of the killing, but said she wasnt high and her memory wasnt affected.
Macon police officer Doug Smith testified that Cox was facedown on the floor and not moving when he arrived just after 11:40 p.m. He performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
GBI Medical Examiner Melissa Sims told the jury that the bullet that hit Cox damaged both his lungs, punctured his heart and damaged two ribs, causing his death.
Police searched the house for a gun, but didnt find one, Smith said.
Bartlett Street resident Pamela Pollard testified Cox had given her some drugs just before 10:15 p.m. on the night he was killed.
She said Dugger came to her door and inquired about the quality of Coxs drugs and if he had more.
About 15 minutes to a half hour later, Pollard heard a loud noise that she described as sounding like a brick hitting a stop sign. She figured it was probably people throwing something at stray dogs that had been causing problems in the area, Pollard said.
An ambulance arrived and parked near an elderly neighbors home.
Pollard said she went to a store to buy cigarettes and beer, not realizing there had been a gunshot.
After returning home, she said she heard Cox had been shot and saw Cox carted out on a stretcher with a paramedic on his chest.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to continue Wednesday.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.