James Moore took the stand to testify against Antwaine Jones and Keshawn Jennings Friday morning.
Moore told prosecutors it was difficult for him to testify against the two men because he “loves them.”
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A man originally charged with two others in the murder of a Toledo 1-year-old took the stand to testify against them Friday.
James Moore, Antwaine Jones and Keshawn Jennings were charged with murder in a shooting at a central Toledo apartment on the night of August 9, 2012. The shooting killed 1-year-old Keondra Hooks and seriously injuring her 2-year-old sister Leondra.
Moore turned state's witness when he accepted a plea agreement June 20. Moore will serve three years in prison for his alleged involvement in the crimes in exchange for his cooperation.
A man of few words, what Moore did have to say will play a very important role in this case.
On Friday, Moore testified that although he had a gun with him on the night of Aug. 9, he did not fire any shots. Moore told prosecutors the three men were informed by a friend that a "crip" was in unit 2217 of the Moody Manor Apartments.
Moore said when the three got to the apartment complex he ran away from Jennings and Jones before the shooting began to drive the getaway vehicle, a van, into position. Moore said he heard gun shots, then saw Jennings and Jones running away from unit 2225. At that moment, Moore testified, he thought the men had shot into the wrong apartment.
Moore: "I asked them, what house did they shoot?"
Lawyer: "OK. Now, why did you ask them, what house did they shoot?"
Moore: "Because I seen them come from the back of the house."
Lawyer: "You saw them coming from the back of which house, if you know?"
Moore testified that Jones was carrying a .40 caliber handgun the night of the shooting, Jennings a 9 mm. He also admitted to having a gun in the van, but said he never shot the 9 mm.
Moore also identified three men in surveillance video as Jennings, Jones and himself. He told prosecutors it was difficult to testify against the two men, because he "loves them."
Moore also admitted to lying to police while being questioned in the case.
For the second time in two days, a juror had to be excused from the case Friday. Before Moore took the stand, one of the jurors was excused for health reasons. A juror was excused on Thursday after it was discovered she had previous contact with Moore's mother. Two of the four alternate jurors have now been called up in the case.