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|Testimony Begins in Galesburg Murder Trial
|POSTED 6:07pm 3/17/09 Police officers and witnesses have already been called to the stand in the case of a Galesburg man charged with murder for the shooting death of another man last year at a local tavern.
Two Galesburg Police Department officers took the stand Tuesday morning in the case against 32-year old Marlon Brown who stands accused of allegedly shooting and killing 29-year old Deriek Lawless at Andrews Lounge last August. The police officers testified of the multiple trips they made to Andrews Lounge the night of the shooting. The first time officers say they were dispatched to the lounge for a battery call, and the second time was for shots fired.
The state also called Soloman Thompson to the stand later in the afternoon. Thompson said he was a witness to Brown allegedly shooting Lawless. Thompson testified Lawless was kneeling over a man he allegedly was punching in the face, when Thompson said he saw Brown say "get off of him." Lawless allegedly hit the man another time when Thompson testified Brown went up behind Lawless and shot him in the head. Thompson says after being shot, Lawless allegedly stood up, took a few steps, and hit a car that was in the parking lot before he stumbled forward and fell to the ground. Thompson then claims Brown stood over the victim and told him, "I told you to get off of him", and fired more shots into the victim before leaving the scene.
The state later called another witness, who testified he was with Lawless most of the night hanging out an an Iowa Avenue apartment before going to Andrews Lounge. He said he was amazed and shocked at the events that took place that night.
Brown faces felony charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a felon when the trial continues Wednesday at 9am.
(Marlon Brown. File Photo courtesy Knox County Sheriffs Dept.)
(Andrews Lounge. WGIL News File Photo)
|03 17 09 by Newsroom
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