ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The trial of the man accused of murdering a University of New Mexico baseball player continues on Monday, Nov. 8 with witnesses testifying about the night Jackson Weller was fatally shot. “I received a call shortly after from Joe’s phone. It was Jen very hysterical saying something happened, something happened. And I could hear Joe in the background saying ‘my teammate has just been shot,'” said Weller’s teammate Drew Gillespie.
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Weller’s teammates told the jury they were out bar hopping in Nob Hill after playing a game earlier that day. One teammate says he left early and got the call Weller had been shot.
Prosecutors say Darian Bashir shot Weller as an act of revenge after Weller got into a fight with Bashir’s friends. They say Bashir took off and asked his girlfriend to hide the license plate of the car he was in at the time. Bashir’s attorneys claim Bashir shot Weller because he felt threatened.
Meanwhile, Bashir also took the stand. “Cause in this moment I felt threatened. I was pissed off. I was angry,” Bashir said.
On the stand Monday afternoon, Bashir also claimed Weller approached him first and looked ‘hostile.’ Prosecutors then pressed him about the moment he opened fire. Tuesday morning closing arguments will begin after which the jury will begin deliberating.