Witness describes running toward gunshots in Davon Lymon trial

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As prosecutors finished questioning a key witness in the Davon Lymon trial Monday, another witness gave powerful testimony, describing how he radioed “officer down” after he found Officer Daniel Webster wounded.

Paul Johnson took the stand in Lymon’s murder trial Friday. Lymon is charged in the October 2015 shooting death of Albuquerque Police officer Daniel Webster.

Johnson described Monday how he was getting a soda at a nearby Giant gas station on the night Officer Webster was killed.

After hearing gunshots and seeing the muzzle flash of a gun in the distance, Johnson ran across Central to find Officer Webster wounded.

“Very labored breathing, it was actually a gurgling sound every time he took a breath,” said Johnson. “Just trying to help, (I) opened his car door, grabbed his car radio and called for help.” 

“What did you say exactly,” asked prosecutor Zach Jones.

“Officer down,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s testimony is among some of the clearest that’s been given to the jury during the trial, with him even recounting how much he paid for a soda he bought that night.

While Johnson says he remembered seeing the muzzle flashes and hearing the shooting, he was unable to recall what any suspects looked like.

Johnson described seeing a woman run past him with a hooded sweatshirt, but couldn’t describe what the woman looked like.

Johnson was questioned by defense attorneys as to why he ran across the street.

“I’m 58-years and its been three and a half years (since the shooting) and I’m still wondering why I ran across that road,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s testimony came after prosecutors and defense attorneys finished questioning Savannah Garcia, a key witness in the case.

Garcia says she was with Davon Lymon on a motorcycle the night Officer Webster was shot and killed in a Walgreens parking lot in 2015. 

On her first day of testimony last Friday, Garcia testified she saw Lymon shoot and kill Webster. Monday, Lymon’s attorneys questioned her memory as to the night of the shooting, since she admits to being high that night. 

“So I guess the answer would be, my memory’s spotty at best?” defense attorney Tom Clark asked. 

“It is,” Garcia responded. 

“And, when I…when one person asks me a question, I give one answer, and then when another person asks me a question, I give another answer?” Clark asked. 

“Sometimes I have a good memory, and sometimes I don’t,” Garcia said. 

Monday was the second day of Garcia taking the witness stand. Lymon’s defense tried to again to discredit her testimony, as she’s admitted to being a longtime drug user. Garcia’s told the court Friday that she’s been using meth and heroin since she was 13.

After being questioned by the defense, the prosecution circled back with Garcia, asking her about the lapel camera video of the shooting. 

On Friday, Garcia had to take a break after seeing that video after she burst into tears. 

“It’s very hard on me because that was very violent for me, and I mean, whether I like…whether I like being told what to do or not, he was still somebody to somebody else…whether he was on duty or off,” Garcia said. “He was still a person, a human being.” 

Garcia said she also feels guilty about what happened to Officer Webster that night. Prosecutors ended by asking Garcia if her drug use affected her ability to remember if Lymon was the shooter the night of Webster’s death. Garcia responded that her drug used had not affected her memory of the shooting.

The trial is expected to resume on Tuesday, April 2, at 9 a.m. Prosecutors still have several more witnesses they’re expected to call.

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