More testimony heard in Richardson murder trial
Closing arguments to be heard today
The jury will hear closing arguments today in the trial of Christopher “Big Boy” Rozier, Xavier “Pretty Boy” Dyer and Willie “Scooter” Dyer, charged with the January 2007 murder of Rufus Tony Richardson.
On Wednesday, the third day of witness testimony, the prosecution called in Kendrick Eubanks, who was nabbed in the Feb. 1 drug bust that rounded up Rozier and Xavier Dyer and was the only one found with crack cocaine in his possession.
He testified that Rozier and Xavier Dyer had handed him a package wrapped in black plastic after the day of the alleged murder and told him it was a gun “with a body on it,” and not to open it.
He also described an incident that happened before Jan. 29 where he and another witness, Erica Brookin, who had testified previously, were taken out to Stewart Road by Rozier and Xavier Dyer. He said they had a 9mm handgun and a sawed-off shotgun and told him and Brookin to get out of the car.
“If you’re going to shoot me, you’re going to shoot me in your mother’s car because I’m not getting out,” Eubanks said he told them. He said they started laughing, playing it off as a joke, but at the time he said he had felt a little scared.
When pressed about inconsistencies in the statements he had given to police, he admitted, “Some of it wasn’t the truth. Some of it was the truth,” he said. “The most that I know of what’s going on is what I’m telling you.”
The jury also heard from investigators and forensic experts with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the NCSO.
NCSO investigators described the items they found during searches of the homes of Rozier and Xavier Dyer, particularly a red and black “Peach State Auto Auction” cap found in the trash at Xavier Dyer’s home. Eubanks and Liberty Harris, another defendant who had been granted immunity in order to testify against the other defendants earlier in the trial, had identified the hat as belonging to Richardson.
GBI firearms expert Bernadette Davy testified that the bullet shells collected from the crime scene had all been fired from the same 9mm gun and that two of the four shells found at the Rozier residence matched those at the crime scene.
Microanalyst Larry Peterson, also with the GBI crime lab, said the residue found in Richardson’s crack pipe matched the composition of the D-con brand mouse poison that was found a few weeks later near the house where Eubanks had been given the plastic-wrapped package.
Fingerprint expert Albert Rowland said two fingerprints located on a sawed-off shotgun found at the house of Liberty Harris, where the discussion of killing Richardson allegedly took place, matched those of Rozier. He described the rarity of finding prints on bullet shell casings.
On Thursday, much of the discussion focused on the ownership of the red-and-black hat found at Xavier Dyer’s home.
The prosecution and defense will present their closing arguments today, after which the jury will deliberate.
Richardson’s body was found Jan. 31, 2007, in the woods off Stewart Road by passing all-terrain vehicle riders. He had been shot six times — twice in the face, allegedly on Jan. 29.
In earlier testimony, witnesses alleged that Rozier and Xavier Dyer suspected Richardson was a “snitch” and attempted to kill Richardson by putting rat poison in his crack cocaine. When that didn’t work, witnesses said, Richardson was taken to the woods and shot.