As the trial for accused cop killer Davon Lymon gets underway, KRQE News 13 is taking a closer look at the massive witness lists.
Around 300 people, from police officers to civilian witnesses to medical investigators, could be called to testify. It’s part of the reason the trial is expected to last a month.
Some of the more noteworthy witnesses are the civilians, like the man who reportedly sold the convicted felon the gun used in the murder of Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster.
Both the prosecution and defense have submitted lengthy lists naming the dozens of witnesses. Among the APD, BCSO, State Police, Rio Rancho and federal law enforcement on the list is K9 Handler Sgt. Michael Hernandez.
His partner, Sjef, is the dog that apprehended Lymon in a neighborhood near the scene at Central and Eubank. Police say Lymon was found by Sjef with only one handcuff on his wrists.
Officer Webster could only get the one cuff on him before shots rang out and Lymon allegedly ran.
One of the many witnesses is the nearby Walgreens security guard, who says he saw Lymon with a gun and one handcuff on, running from the scene.
Other witnesses include people who saw Lymon ditching his motorcycle helmet. There’s also the owner of the motorcycle that Lymon was riding on who confirmed to KRQE News 13 that it was stolen.
Some people on the witness lists are not directly involved in the case, like APD Officer Trey Economidy who had a run-in with Lymon just a month before Officer Webster’s death.
KRQE News 13 has shown you what happened with that incident, previously. The traffic stop initiated by Officer Economidy quickly escalated to Lymon running and dropping a magazine. In that incident, Lymon was reportedly riding around town on a stolen scooter with no plates or keys.
Also on the witness list is Marcel Bland, who was accused of creating a torture chamber in a South Valley home and holding two people against their will in 2016.
Bland’s connection to Lymon is unknown.
Finally, there’s Savannah Garcia, possibly the most important witness. Garcia was allegedly on the back of the stolen motorcycle the night of the shooting. The young woman had disappeared, but was recently arrested on drug charges in a vacant Belen apartment and is now being held in jail without bond to make sure she testifies at the trial.
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