Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of two men charged with killing a Macon man while he was on his way home from a fast-food restaurant.
Raymon Jamaal Green, 21, of Cochran and Demeko Algernard Wilson, 22, of Gordon are accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Christopher Finney as he was walking home from the Church’s Chicken on Shurling Drive on May 21, 2010.
The men also are charged with aggravated assault in connection with shots fired at two women who were driving away from a Chevron station on Shurling Drive near Maynard Street on May 9, 2010, prosecutor Sandra Matson said during opening statements Tuesday in Bibb County Superior Court.
Attorneys representing Green and Wilson waived their opportunity to deliver opening statements before testimony began. They will address jurors after the prosecution presents its side of the case.
Nadinna Waller testified she went to the Chevron convenience store with her 3-year-old daughter and 8-year-old niece to pick up a few items about 9:15 p.m. on May 9. Her mother happened to drive up about the same time, and they went into the store together to shop.
While the women were inside, Wilson and Green entered and Waller recognized Wilson as a man who’d broken into her home, she testified. She told her mother, and Wilson overheard the conversation.
An argument ensued inside the store and later spilled out into the parking lot. At one point, Wilson went behind the store and lifted his shirt to show he had a pistol in the waistband of his pants, Waller said.
After seeing the gun, Waller and her mother left in their cars.
“Then all I hear is gunshots,” she said, estimating that she heard four or five shots. No one was injured.
Matson said police recovered five .45-caliber shell casings from the scene.
Waller said she didn’t see who fired the gun. Her mother testified that she also saw Wilson with a gun and saw two men running away after the shots were fired.
Twelve days after the shooting, Finney and a friend were walking back to Finney’s home on Williams Street from Church’s Chicken when two men they knew -- Green and Wilson -- approached them.
“Hey man, what you got,” they asked the friend, Matson told jurors.
The friend replied that he had $10 to buy his child diapers. At some point, Green and Wilson pulled out handguns.
“Christopher Finney turned to run. He knew he needed to get out of there,” Matson told the jury. “Bam, shot dead in the back.”
Green and Wilson then ran two blocks away to Green’s cousin’s house, where they hurried to wash their hands with bleach and asked to use the phone, Matson said. The cousin -- who happened to be Finney’s friend’s sister -- told Green and Wilson they had to leave because children were in the house.
Police found one .45-caliber shell casing and two .380-caliber shell casings near Finney’s body. GBI tests showed that the .45-caliber shell casing matched some of the shell casings from the May 9 shooting at the convenience store. Testing also concluded that the shell casings from the May 9 shooting came from two guns, Matson said.
Testimony is scheduled to continue in the case Wednesday.
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