Witnesses detail fatal afterparty in Ricky Woods murder trial

Witnesses in Ricky Woods Jr.'s murder trial on Wednesday took jurors to the afterparty that happened in the hours surrounding victim Jamal Mathis' death from gunshot wounds. Guests arrived already intoxicated...gunshots rang out...and the DJs played through it all.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:26 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 5:33 PM

Witnesses in Ricky Woods Jr.'s murder trial on Wednesday took jurors to the afterparty that happened in the hours surrounding victim Jamal Mathis' death from gunshot wounds. Guests arrived already intoxicated...gunshots rang out...and the DJs played through it all.

"Did you continue playing?" the prosecutor asked DJ Cornell Williams. "Yes," replied Williams, who added that gunshots were normal at such parties.

One party guest saw a gun in defendant Ricky Woods, Jr.'s waistband.

"He's hype. Everybody's hype. I'm sitting in the chair so I'm just staring at everybody and as I seen him, he's hype, hands going, i seen the gun," said witness Emma Bailey.

DJ Williams says victim Mathis had a gun.

"Placed something on the table," said Williams. "What did he place on the table? asked the prosecutor. "A weapon," said Williams. "A gun."

Then, Demarkus Smith took the witness stand. Smith is a co-defendant of Woods from a prior kidnappping and attempted murder case. The judge explained that Smith could get youthful offender status in that case in exchange for his cooperation in this case. Smith said Woods admitted this murder to him

"It came up as like a brag. He used to brag about how he basically shot and killed him when he was young and how he did a lot of things at my age and stuff like that," said Smith.

There was a fight in the court hallway between people in court to watch the trial. It's not yet clear if that will have any effect on witnesses are yet to testify on Friday. Testimony on both sides is expected to wrap up Thursday, with closing arguments, the jury charge and possibly deliberations on Friday.

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