A key witness for the prosecution testified Thursday that Officer Daniel Webster wasn’t doing anything wrong when he went to arrest Davon Lymon.
Lymon claims he killed the officer because he felt threatened by his policing tactics.
The first civilian called to the stand, Jeremy Jaramillo, was at the Walgreens at Central and Eubank waiting for a ride when he saw the entire exchange between Webster and Lymon. Jaramillo claims he also saw the shooting.
“Did you think the officer was being unreasonable trying to handcuff the person on the motorcycle?” prosecutor Zach Jones asked Jaramillo.
“No, I mean, I didn’t know why… why he was pulled over, I just thought that…maybe he wanted to detain him for some reason, I didn’t know,” Jaramillo said.
Jaramillo testified that he didn’t think Officer Webster was using excessive force in those moments after Webster pulled over Lymon.
Excessive force and a threat to Lymon’s life is the crux of the defense’s argument. In cross-examining the prosecution’s witness Thursday, Lymon’s defense tried to argue that it was Webster who escalated the struggle with Lymon.
They tried to make the case that Lymon was driving a stolen motorcycle in a normal fashion, and that Webster escalated the altercation as soon as the bike was stopped.
“The motorcycle didn’t gun it, he didn’t reach down, grab the little scary (unintelligible), pop a wheelie and get out?” defense attorney Gary Mitchell asked.
“No,” Jaramillo responded.
“So it was patently obvious that the motorcycle came up, turned in slow, came up and stopped?” Mitchell stated.
Lymon’s defense also tried to poke holes in that witness’ memory by pointing out inconsistencies in what he heard Webster saying to Lymon before the shooting.
Jaramillo was one of two eye-witnesses to the shooting that the State called Thursday. Several police officers also testified speaking to the injuries they found on Officer Webster.
Officer Douglas Moore was one of the first officers to the scene, finding Webster wounded and unresponsive on the ground in the parking lot.
Prosecutors questioned Moore about Webster’s demeanor as an officer. Moore, who’s been with APD since 2003, said in court Thursday he worked with Webster for “essentially (Webster’s) entire career.”
He spoke of Webster as an officer who followed the rules and was kind during encounters with civilians.
“He would… he would… calm demeanor, he would engage people and talk to them, I mean, as long as the response was, in return, kind, he would just remain that way throughout the encounter,” said Moore.
The jury was also shown graphic video footage Thursday from Officer Moore’s on-body camera, showing Webster wounded and unresponsive as officers tried to save his life.
Officer Webster had his gun holstered and one handcuff on Lymon when Lymon reached for his own gun and shot him four times.
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