Shoot­ing vic­tim tes­ti­fies in trial

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Rafael Olmeda Staff writer rolmeda@sun­sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4457 or Twit­ter @SSCourts and @rolmeda

The sur­vivor of the am­bush that claimed the life of Broward Sher­iff’s Deputy Brian Teph­ford 11 years ago was called back to the stand on Tues­day, this time to tes­tify for the de­fense.

Corey Car­bocci first tes­ti­fied in June, telling a Broward jury that he had ar­rived as backup for Teph­ford dur­ing a traffic stop at the Ver­sailles Gar­dens apart­ment com­plex in Ta­ma­rac. He said then that he did not see the shooter whose bul­lets struck him in the leg and chest.

De­fense lawyer Hil­liard Moldof brought Car­bocci back in front of the jury Tues­day to re­view some of the de­tails of his tes­ti­mony, em­pha­siz­ing that Car­bocci could not iden­tify the shooter and es­tab­lish­ing a time­line of events from Car­bocci’s me­mory.

Car­bocci said he re­called tak­ing his eyes off the Toy­ota that Teph­ford had pulled over long enough to look at the com­puter screen in Teph­ford’s pa­trol car. De­fen­dant Eloyn In­gra­ham was a pas­sen­ger in the Toy­ota.

Car­bocci again tes­ti­fied about the shoot­ing, say­ing he saw flashes and heard pops at about the same time. He also said he heard Teph­ford scream and saw flashes of light from the muz­zle of a gun that was pointed at him.

But, he said again, he could not iden­tify the shooter.

Out­side the pres­ence of the jury, Moldof ar­gued to Broward Cir­cuit Judge Paul Back­man that Car­bocci should be ques­tioned about a state­ment he made to an in­ves­ti­ga­tor hours after the shoot­ing. In that state­ment, Car­bocci gave a vague phys­i­cal de­scrip­tion of the shooter’s cloth­ing that did not ap­pear to match Moldof’s client, Bernard Forbes, or the third de­fen­dant in the case, An­dre De­lancy.

Back­man did not al­low the tes­ti­mony be­cause Car­bocci did not re­mem­ber mak­ing the state­ment and could not ver­ify whether the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s re­port was ac­cu­rate.

In­gra­ham, Forbes and De­lancy are each charged with mur­der, con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der and at­tempted mur­der. They face the death penalty if con­victed of the most se­vere charges.

Moldof is ex­pected to con­tinue pre­sent­ing Forbes’ de­fense this week.

At­tor­ney H. Dohn Wil­liams con­cluded his de­fense on De­lancy’s be­half last week after call­ing just one wit­ness.

In­gra­ham’s de­fense lawyer, Daniel Aaron­son, will be the last to present a case, though the time­line for that pre­sen­ta­tion is not clear. Sched­uled va­ca­tions dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son prom­ise more in­ter­rup­tions as the de­fense con­tin­ues its pre­sen­ta­tions, and pros­e­cu­tors Mike Satz and Jeff Mar­cus will have an op­por­tu­nity to present re­but­tal ev­i­dence once the de­fense rests.

At­tor­neys an­tic­i­pate clos­ing ar­gu­ments in Jan­uary.

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