Antonio “Tony” Felton fiddled with the radio in his Cadillac as he eased onto Pio Nono Avenue from the 777 store, just off Interstate 75’s exit 160.
Then gunfire shattered the glass in a back window.
A bullet severed his brain stem as his head fell backward and his foot mashed the gas pedal.
Minutes earlier, Felton had stopped at the convenience store before he and his cousin headed back home to Vienna, about 50 miles south of Macon.
They’d driven to Macon to see friends and to go to a nightclub the evening of March 30, 2012.
Just before 4 a.m. on March 31, Felton parked in front of the convenience store. He opened his door and urinated in the space between his car and a Ford Expedition that was parked in the next space.
The men who arrived in the Expedition confronted Felton, asking “Why would you pee right there?” Siedah Sanders, Felton’s cousin, testified Tuesday.
Joseph Michael Williams, 29, and Nuwrulhaqq Hamilton, 28, are charged with murder in Felton’s shooting. Their trial began this week in Bibb County Superior Court.
A video played Tuesday for jurors showed the events that led up to the shooting -- Felton urinating and the men arguing -- and Williams firing shots toward Pio Nono Avenue.
In opening statements earlier Tuesday, Williams’ lawyer told jurors his client fired in self-defense.
Rick Waller, Williams’ lawyer, said Felton yelled at Williams and Hamilton as he slowly turned onto Pio Nono Avenue, saying “Stay right there.”
Reza Sedghi, Hamilton’s lawyer, said Hamilton was present during the shooting, but he had no knowledge it was going to take place.
Initially, he didn’t know Williams had used his gun, Sedghi said.
Sanders testified Tuesday that her cousin also yelled out his window, “Why y’all getting mad about some piss?” as he turned onto Pio Nono Avenue.
Looking back toward the convenience store, she saw Williams raise a gun.
“I ducked down,” she said.
After seeing that Felton was shot, she climbed into his lap and used her left foot to push the gas pedal as she drove south on I-75.
She said she pleaded with her cousin, “Wake up. Wake up. Say something,” as she drove.
But she got no response.
She looked behind her, checking to see if the men from the convenience store were following them.
She pulled off at the next exit, Hartley Bridge Road, and asked a gas station clerk to call 911.
Jurors listened to a recording of Sanders talking with a police dispatcher Tuesday.
Sobbing, Sanders said, “Somebody shot at my cousin and he’s not breathing and I don’t know what to do. ... “Please, somebody, please help my cousin.”
Felton was dead when emergency crews arrived,
When questioned by Williams’ lawyer, Sanders admitted Felton had urinated outside two Macon Waffle House restaurants before arriving at the 777 store.
She said they’d split a six-pack of beer that night and that Felton had another beer when they were at a nightclub.
Felton wasn’t drunk or acting belligerent, Sanders said.
She said she was sitting in the front passenger seat when Hamilton asked Felton why he had urinated between the cars. Felton then went in the store.
With her window partially down, Sanders watched as Hamilton told Williams what Felton had done.
The store’s surveillance video shows Williams waiting in front of the Expedition until Felton walked out of the store.
Sanders said she told Felton to get in the car as the three men began arguing.
Katrina Burke, 22, testified Tuesday that she saw Hamilton give Williams a gun after the argument.
She said she was a junior at Howard High School in March 2012. She’d been riding with Hamilton and Williams that night and early morning and had been with them at a nightclub.
Several of Felton’s family members wept in the courtroom as photos of Felton’s injuries were displayed.
Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday.