Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:17 PM by Ambria Washington
Updated: Jul 23, 2014 6:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - Testimony continued Wednesday in the murder trial of Marcus Richardson, who investigators said admitted to shooting a teen at a Port Allen gas station in 2012.
Jurors were shown surveillance video from the gas station on LA 1 where sheriff's deputies said Richardson shot 18-year-old Justin Warner on May 13, 2012. Deputies said the shooting came after a fight among other individuals and that Warner just happened to be the closest target. Jurors also watched a video tape of Richardson's interrogation and reported confession.
Defense attorneys for Richardson claim the shooting was justified.
"I believe he's established what we've said in opening statement that there's a justification and perhaps a self defense more importantly," said Thomas Damico, Richardson's attorny. "And listening to those statements that my client has given he's not a monster. He's a good guy who probably made a bad mistake."
Richardson told investigators he did not know Warner at all. Warner was a student and football player at Brusly High School and was getting ready to graduate. Warner's family members said they're fighting for Richardson to serve life in prison.
"I just wish he gets life in prison because he doesn't know what he's taken from our family and friends," said Tiera Morgan, family member of Warner. "It's like watching the video of the confession, it's like he didn't care."
Prosecutors expect the the trial to wrap up by Thursday. Richardson could face life if he is found guilty.