FAIRFIELD — Three friends were hanging out, watching television and starting to play video games when one of them grabbed a rifle, shot and killed one of his companions. The other friend quickly ran out the front door, fleeing for his life.
The surviving friend took the witness stand Thursday in the murder trial of Ryan J. Moore.
Moore, 32, shot and killed Bettina Brown in the living room of his Stellar Way home in Suisun City on the night of Oct. 23, 2012. From the witness stand, Timothy Wallace described Moore drinking lots of tequila and fooling around with a knife before picking up a rifle that was leaning on a wall and saying he was going to shoot Brown.
Wallace said he fled the house and never looked back until he was safe at a nearby relative’s home.
Moore’s defense attorney tried to get Wallace to explain how microscopic bits of gunshot residue ended up on his hands. The residue was discovered by Suisun City police, who also discovered gunshot residue on Moore’s hands.
The questions put to Wallace by the defense attorney were aimed at getting him to say he had grabbed the rifle after the shooting, took it to his relative’s house, cleaned it and then took it back to the area of the crime scene the next day. Again and again Wallace denied touching the rifle.
Police searching for the rifle after the shooting did not find it. A neighbor found the rifle near a fence the next day.
If jurors believe Wallace did not take the rifle, then the question for jurors could be who else might have a motive for removing a gun from the scene of a deadly shooting.
Moore’s defense attorney has said repeatedly the shooting was an accident.
The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case against Moore on Friday.
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