Victim's daughter testifies about racially motivated attack
BATON ROUGE- The daughter of a man who was brutally beaten on Mother's Day two years ago, testified in court today telling jurors about what she saw the night her father was attacked.
David Ray received severe injuries including a broken nose, eye socket and more following the attack. Donald Dickerson is facing a life sentence if convicted since the District Attorney's Office wants to have him sentenced as a habitual offender for his prior run-ins with the law.
"People were trying to help my parents," Chaney Ray testified. "Two black guys took off their shirts to wrap around my parents head to stop them from bleeding."
In court, defense lawyers for Donald Dickerson told jurors the only reason why their client was sitting in court is because he's black. All of the bystanders who testified Wednesday and most of the detectives are also black, and said Dickerson's race had nothing to do with them implicating him in the beating.
One bystander said she thought the victim was dead after he was hit.
"They (suspects) were both beating them and stomping them," Natasha Henderson said. "They punched her and knocked her off her feet. All three of them were laid out."
Henderson was there pumping gas and wound up following the car they got into after the beating. Henderson called police and stayed on the phone with dispatchers to give them the exact location of where the suspects were headed.
The prosecution is expected to rest soon. The jury could get the case as early as tomorrow.