The man who says he witnessed the street shooting that landed Megan T. Stallion in the hospital, testified Tuesday that he saw the first flash of a muzzle between two women fighting, then a “very excited” man allegedly Tori Lanez “shoot is everywhere.”
Sean Kelly, who was in his bedroom just after 4 a.m. on July 12, 2020, told jurors he looked out his window on Nichols Canyon Road in Los Angeles and saw four people fighting and yelling at each other “quite a bit.” during a violent” confrontation.
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Kelly has been called as a defense witness in Lanes’ criminal trial since he told a defense investigator in 2021 that he believed he saw the first flash of the muzzle closest to the woman’s hand during an alleged physical altercation between Megan and her ex-boyfriend, Kelsey Harris. near the open square. Lanez’s Cadillac Escalade door. His testimony, which was intended to create a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors, might have done the opposite.
Kelly testified under oath that while he believed one of the “girls” fired the first shot, he never saw an actual gun. He also claimed that the “smaller gentleman” somehow gained control of the gun and fired four or five shots in quick succession. And he told jurors the group brutally beat the female victim as she lay bleeding in a “fetal position” on the ground.
“I want to be clear, I never saw a gun, well, I just saw flashes,” Kelly testified.
“From whose hand did you see the flashes first?” Lanez’s lawyer George Mghdesyan asked.
“The girl,” Kelly replied. “But they were all together. They were very close.”
He then wondered if Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was still inside the car at this point or outside. Initially, Kelly appeared to put Peterson inside the SUV in the first alleged shooting. He then hesitated, telling Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott that Peterson, repeatedly described as a “shorter” man, might already be outside.
“It wasn’t something that took a long time,” he said.
“What happened next? Did you see the gentleman turn on?” Mghdesian questioned, asking if Kelly remembered telling the investigator that it looked like Peterson was trying to get the gun away from Harris.
“I just saw him very angry, shouting, and then the flashes came from him. I never saw a gun,” Kelly said. “They were all fighting, so I just assumed he took the gun.”
“Did you say it looked like he was taking the gun away from her?” Mghdesyan clicked.
“I believe they were fighting. Then he had a gun and he started shooting,” Kelly said.
On cross-examination, Kelly again described seeing a shorter man, not Peterson’s taller driver, Jaukan Smith, who was also present at the scene, fire the weapon.
“Were his arms outstretched?” Bot asked.
“Yeah,” Kelly said.
“What was he showing?” Bot asked.
“He was shooting everywhere,” Kelly replied.
Kelly said the “short guy” fired four or five shots while yelling “a barrage of abuse.”
“He was going crazy,” Kelly said, “he was really excited.”
He said the female victim, who was “kicking the whole time”, got out of the car “bleeding”. “He was crawling along, crawling, tripping,” she testified.
At one point, he recalled seeing two men and a woman “beating” the bleeding victim. “She was in the fetal position. He was all curled up on the floor and they were punching and kicking him. Everyone was beating him,” he testified.
Asked what happened next, Kelly said: “An older gentleman stood up and said the police were coming. They took the girl and it seemed to me that they were going to throw her into the river. There is a stream (nearby). It looked like they were going to throw him in there.”
He described the river as a concrete channel about 15 feet deep.
“When I was on the phone, it sounded like they were trying to kill him,” Kelly said. “They dragged him along the street, then they got into the car and drove away.”
When asked if he remembered telling the defense investigator that the first muzzle flash attributed to the girl happened inside the car, he said:
“Can I just say that my son was with me while this was going on? I told him to get on the floor. I was more worried about him,” he testified.
30-year-old Peterson has already pleaded not guilty to three crimes in the scandalous case. concealing a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and a recently added count of grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.
If charged as an accused, then Single Prom The rapper faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and further deportation because he is a Canadian citizen.
On Monday, prosecutors sought to add two new witnesses to the falsifying charges based on testimony from Megan and Harris about “statements made by the defendant in the car offering them a million dollars” to keep quiet about the shooting. Judge David Hereford questioned why prosecutors waited so long to file additional charges and denied the motion.
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