Norristown man stands trial for shoot­ing

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » As he lay bleed­ing and crit­i­cally wounded on the floor of a me­chanic’s garage, a Pottstown man pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied a Norristown man as the per­son who shot him, a pros­e­cu­tor ar­gued to a jury.

“He said, ‘Bobby Brown, Bobby Brown of Norristown.’ His words pointed to one per­son … the per­son who left him to die on the floor of that me­chanic’s garage in Pottstown,” Mont­gomery County As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Sa­man­tha L. Thomp­son ar­gued to a jury as Brown’s at­tempted mur­der trial got un­der way on Thurs­day.

Thomp­son added when Pottstown po­lice arrived at the garage and saw Robert Pfan­ders ly­ing on the garage floor and bleed­ing heav­ily from mul­ti­ple gun­shot

wounds “they thought he was go­ing to die.”

Thomp­son re­vealed Pfan­ders, who suf­fered wounds to his left leg, left arm and left side of his back, will tes­tify dur­ing the trial that is ex­pected to last three days be­fore Judge Richard P. Haaz.

Brown, 41, of the first block of Lin­coln Drive, Norristown, faces charges of at­tempted homi­cide, ag­gra­vated and sim­ple assault, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son, firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime in con­nec­tion with the 2:40 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016, shoot­ing of Pfan­ders in­side a garage lo­cated at the rear of a res­i­dence in the first block of King Street in Pottstown.

But de­fense lawyer Scott C. McIntosh ar­gued to the jury that there is no DNA ev­i­dence, no video sur­veil­lance footage of the shoot­ing and that a weapon was never found, nor linked to Brown. McIntosh sug­gested an eye­wit­ness’s ac­count of the shoot­ing and his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Brown as the shooter also can’t be trusted be­cause the eye­wit­ness was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs at the time of the shoot­ing.

“He has stren­u­ously de­nied he is guilty of these charges,” ar­gued McIntosh, re­fer­ring to Brown while im­ply­ing au­thor­i­ties ar­rested the wrong

Brown, who re­mains in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bail pend­ing trial, faces decades in prison if con­victed of the charges.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan when Pottstown po­lice re­sponded to a re­ported shoot­ing in the garage.

“He was ly­ing on the ground. He had a large amount of blood on the left side of his body,” Pottstown Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ja­cob Rit­ter tes­ti­fied, adding he found Pfan­ders ly­ing on the floor of the garage and im­me­di­ately ren­dered aid with a dressing. “I picked the blood­i­est part of his body and ap­plied pres­sure.”

When po­lice asked Pfan­ders who shot him, he al­legedly replied, “Bobby Brown! Bobby Brown from Norristown,” ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit filed by Pottstown De­tec­tive Thomas Lea­han.

Terry Pres­grave of Pottstown tes­ti­fied for Thomp­son that he was work­ing with Pfan­ders in the garage at the time of the shoot­ing, wit­nessed Pfan­ders ar­gu­ing with an­other man about own­er­ship of a mo­tor­cy­cle in the garage and saw the man with a gun, but added he per­son. had never met Brown prior to that day.

Asked to iden­tify the shooter Pres­grave pointed to Brown in the court­room and said, “I be­lieve it was him.” But Pres­grave added he was “high that day” af­ter us­ing metham­phetamine and his rec­ol­lec­tion of events was “foggy.”

Pres­grave, un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by McIntosh, ad­mit­ted that his drug use some­times led to hal­lu­ci­na­tions and he added, “I can’t be to­tally pos­i­tive.” Pres­grave also re­called see­ing two other uniden­ti­fied men stand­ing out­side the garage around the time of the shoot­ing.

“You don’t know who pulled the trig­ger do you?” McIntosh asked Pres­grave.

“Now, when you say it that way, No, I don’t,” Pres­grave tes­ti­fied.

But when ques­tioned again by Thomp­son, Pres­grave tes­ti­fied he didn’t hal­lu­ci­nate the shoot­ing and he did have the where­withal to call 911.

Pfan­ders was taken from the scene by Good­will Am­bu­lance and later air­lifted in crit­i­cal con­di­tion from Pottstown Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter to Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal, near Al­len­town, which has a trauma cen­ter.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Brown was an­gry when he came to the garage that day and sus­pected the mo­tor­cy­cle in the garage be­longed to him. Wit­nesses said the mo­tor­cy­cle­did­not­be­long to Brown.

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