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Camp murder trial continues

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Attorneys closed the evidence portion of the murder trial of three men accused of fatally shooting Jack Camp in March 2007 Thursday.

Darrell Anderson, 33, Christopher Ingram, 22, and Dontavious Wilson, 23, are accused of multiple conspiracy to murder, felony murder and malice murder charges in the death of Camp.

After opening statements Tuesday in the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building, District Attorney Greg Edwards presented more than five witnesses who said they had either seen the three at the shooting scene or had heard them speak about it.

Coupled with other evidence, Edwards presented his case as one of three drug dealers protecting their business by shooting Camp "because he was about to bring the law down on them."

Defense attorney Samuel G. Merritt said the prosecution's witnesses were inconsistent in details and the only eyewitness was unreliable.

He called his client, Anderson, to the stand. The other two defendants declined to testify.

Merritt asked few questions of his client: "Were you there (at Regency Apartments where the shooting occurred)?"

Anderson: "No."

"Did you have anything to do with Jack Camp being killed?"

Anderson: "No."

In less than 10 minutes, Edwards began his cross examination of

Anderson. Edwards asked Anderson about the witnesses against him.

Anderson said the witnesses had lied, adding that he didn't even know a few of them so they couldn't know what he said about the killing or where he was at the time of the shooting.

Saying he didn't know prosecution witness Ulysses Blackshear, Anderson said Blackshear lied on the stand.

"I don't know him (Blackshear). I never talked to him but in jail," Anderson said. "He lied about everything. He lied about me saying I shot somebody."

According to Edwards, the murder went down in a series of acts. He said the defendants went to the Regency Apartments to sell drugs. Anderson told his friends that Camp, a security guard and resident at the complex, spotted them and was calling the police.

Ingram carried a .38-caliber gun "to protect the business," said Edwards, who added that Ingram handed the gun to Wilson, who pulled the trigger.

Asked if he was a drug dealer, Anderson said, "No."

Edwards read from Anderson's two most recent conviction reports.

"Possession of cocaine, obstruction of officers, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute."

Anderson said, "I pleaded out to a firearms charge; the marijuana charge was dropped."

Anderson's story about where he and the two other defendants were on that day involved multiple visits to a liquor house (an unlicensed alcoholic drink establishment) and a trailer park, all starting at 12:30 a.m. The defendants drove in different cars, he added. Anderson's car was black.

Edwards: "What was the make and model of your car?"

Anderson: "I don't know."

Edwards questioned Anderson about the crime, the timeline and other details of the murder.

Most of the time Anderson simply replied, "Sir, we wasn't out there."

Although his client, Ingram, would not testify, defense attorney Willie C. Weaver questioned Anderson in what looked like an attempt to alibi his codefendant.

He asked Anderson if he shot Camp.

"No," Anderson said.

Did Ingram shoot Camp?

"No."

Did Wilson shoot him?

"No."

With the testimony and evidence portion of the trial finished, Superior Court Judge Loring A. Gray spoke to the jury before dismissing them for the night.

"Tomorrow you will hear closing arguments about what the evidence has shown and what reasonable inference can be drawn from that," Gray said. "After that, you will hear a charge from the court about the law."

Jury deliberation is scheduled to begin after the judge charges or instructs the jury about applying the law.