the man who He says he witnessed the street-level shooting that hit Megan Thee Stallion in hospital, and on Tuesday testified he saw an initial muzzle flash near two women fighting and then a “very agitated” man allegedly Tory Lanez “shooting all over the place.”
Sean Kelly, who was in his bedroom shortly after 4 a.m. on July 12, 2020, told the jury that he looked out his window on Nichols Canyon Road in Los Angeles and saw four people fighting and yelling at each other during an “extremely violent” confrontation.
Kelly was called as a defense witness in Lanes’ felony assault trial because he told a defense investigator in January 2021 that he believed he saw an initial muzzle flash akin to a woman’s hand during an alleged physical altercation between Megan and ex-girlfriend Kelsey Harris near the door opening of Lanes’ Cadillac Escalade. His testimony, intended to cast reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors, may have done the opposite.
Kelly testified under oath that while he believed one of the “girls” fired the first shot, he saw the “younger man” fire four or five consecutive shots in succession, causing one woman to fall to the ground bleeding. He told jurors that the men severely beat a woman victim while she was lying in the “fetal position” on the floor.
Kelly testified, “I want to be clear, I’ve never seen a weapon, well, I’ve seen flashes.”
“Whose hand did you see the flashes from the beginning?” asked George Magdisian, Lenz’s attorney.
Kelly replied, “The girl.” “But they were all together, very close to each other.”
Kelly wondered if Lenz, whose real name was Daystar Peterson, was still inside the car at this point. Initially, Peterson lay inside the SUV during the alleged initial shooting. He then faltered, telling Deputy Attorney General Alexander Bot that Peterson—repeatedly referred to as “the shorter”—might actually have been outside.
“It wasn’t something that took long,” he said.
“What happened next? Did you see the man join in?” Magdisian wondered, asking if Kelly remembered telling the detective that it appeared Peterson was trying to keep the gun away from Harris.
“I just saw he was so angry, screaming, and then the flashes came from him. I’ve never seen a gun,” Kelly said. “They were all fighting, so I assumed he grabbed the gun.”
“I didn’t hear him say, ‘Excuse me, can I have the gun?’” Kelly said, prompting laughter from many observers in the packed courtroom.
“Did I mention it looked like he was taking the gun away from her?” Magdysian pressed.
I think they were fighting. “Then he picked up the gun, and started shooting,” Kelly said.
In cross-examination, Kelly again described seeing the shorter man—meaning not Peterson’s taller driver, Joquan Smith—firing a weapon.
“Do you stretch out his arms?” Bot asked.
Kelly said, “Yes.”
“What was he referring to?” Bot asked.
Kelly replied, “He was shooting all over the place.”
Kelly said the “short guy” fired four or five shots while shouting “a torrent of abuse”.
“It was really crazy,” Kelly said.
Kelly testified that after he heard four or five gunshots being fired, the victim who was “kicking all the time” in the street fell “bleeding out”.
Kelly testified: “I crawled and stumbled across the road into my neighbor’s driveway, which is a little overpass, and curled up.”
At one point, he remembered seeing several figures including two men “beating” a female victim on the ground. She was in a fetal position. She was all curled up on the ground and they were punching and kicking her. They were all hitting her.”
Asked what happened next, Kelly said: “The older man stood up and said the police were coming. They picked up the girl, and it looked to me like they were going to throw her in the river. There’s a stream (nearby). It looked like they were about to throw her there.”
He described the river as a concrete channel about 15 feet deep.
“It seemed to me when I was on the phone that they were trying to kill her,” Kelly said. “They dragged her across the street, got into the car and sped off.”
Asked if he remembered telling the defense investigator that the girl’s first muzzle flash occurred inside the car, he said, “Yes,” but he also thought the first flash was fireworks.
“May I say, while all this was going on, my son was with me. I told him to get on the floor. I was more worried about him.”
Peterson, 30, pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges in the high-profile case: assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury; Concealment of a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and the recently added number of grossly negligently discharging a firearm.
If convicted of the charges against him, the Alone at prom The rapper faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and subsequent deportation because he is a Canadian citizen.
On Monday, prosecutors tried to add two new witnesses fumbling the charges based on testimony from Megan and Harris about the defendant’s “drive-in statements, and he offered them $1 million” to keep quiet about the shooting. Judge David Hereford questioned why prosecutors had waited to file the additional charges and denied the request.
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