A civilian who saw a suspect running and several police officers took the stand Tuesday in the fifth day of the Davon Lymon murder trial, describing the moments Lymon was found and arrested.
Lymon is accused in the October 2015 shooting of APD Officer Daniel Webster.
APD K9 Officer Michael Hernandez spent most of the day on the stand. Hernandez, who’s now the Sergeant of the K9 unit, was the officer who’s K9 located Lymon the night of the shooting.
Lymon was found hiding just blocks away from where Officer Webster was shot.
Hernandez described finding a silver handcuff on Lymon’s wrist as APD K9 “Sjef” found Lymon that night. Lymon was located under a dark, covered patio in the backyard of a home that was unoccupied and being renovated.
“Sjef has a hold of the subject’s lower left wrist, like hand area, as I look down, I can see that there’s a handcuff on the left wrist of the subject,” said Hernandez.
Lymon was found a couple of blocks from the scene with a handcuff on his wrist.
While the defense doesn’t dispute Lymon’s arrest, they tried to highlight a different way of looking at the events of October 21, 2015, the night Officer Webster was shot.
In questioning Hernandez during cross-examination, Lymon’s defense attorney Gary Mitchell highlighted that no one else was hurt after Officer Webster was shot.
“There was no hostage situation that you were aware of?” Mitchell asked Hernandez.
“No,” Hernandez said.
“There were no houses or homeowners that were taken hostage or asked to do anything, other than by police?” Mitchell asked.
“Yeah, no,” said Hernandez.
“There were no signs of forced entry anywhere?” Mitchell asked, to which Hernandez replied, “No.”
Defense attorneys are expected to argue that Lymon was in fear of his life the night he shot Officer Webster, claiming Officer Webster was aggressive in his traffic stop of Lymon.
It’s unclear if Lymon will take the stand in his own defense.
Earlier on Tuesday, testimony started with an eye witness who highlighted seeing a man running from the shooting scene with something on his wrist.
Jeremy Dorcas was in his car coming home from dinner on the night of the shooting when he stopped at a traffic light at Eubank and Central.
Dorcas described seeing police lights, a confrontation and then hearing gunshots. He testified that he saw a tall man with a big jacket running fast directly behind his car with something on his wrist.
“Looked like he had bracelets on, he had some…I don’t know if it was chains, or jewelry or what, but it looked like something was hanging from him. It looked like he had a bunch of jewelry on,” said Dorcas.
Officer Webster’s camera captured him getting a cuff on the suspect’s wrist after he’d conducted a stolen motorcycle stop.
Lymon’s defense attorneys didn’t dispute Dorcas’ statements Tuesday and had no questions for him in cross-examination.
Other witnesses who testified Friday include a former APD helicopter pilot who located Lymon with an infrared camera; two SWAT team officers who helped arrest Lymon; an APD commander who first spoke to Lymon after his arrest; a crime scene technician who took photos of injuries Davon Lymon sustained during his arrest; an officer who watched Lymon as he was in the hospital; and a crime scene officer who helped collected evidence at the scene.
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