More tes­ti­mony heard in Richard­son mur­der trial

Clos­ing ar­gu­ments to be heard to­day

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

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.

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