FAIRFIELD — The prosecution began wrapping up its case Thursday in the murder retrial of a man who shot and killed a teenage drug dealer during a botched 2008 robbery.
The last prosecution witness, Fairfield police Sgt. Brett Morris, shared with jurors details of the four-hour interview he did with defendant Deshaun P. Malone a month after Kendrick Lewis was shot in the back while trying to flee from a pair of men trying to rob him of Ecstasy tablets.
Lewis intended to sell them to Malone and his buddy Jamal Kelly on the night of Nov. 2, 2008, on Mockingbird Lane.
The interview with Malone offering an alibi at the time of the killing without being specifically asked or told why he was being questioned. Two hours into the interview, Malone admitted to being in the area of the robbery and shooting but pointed blame to two strangers he saw passing by, who he claimed took credit for the fatal robbery effort.
Three hours into the interview, Malone admitted he had a gun and participated in the robbery.
At the end of the interview, Malone wrote a letter to Lewis’ family that Morris read aloud in court. It included an apology and a claim that one of the passengers in the car with Lewis at the time of the robbery had started to pull a gun, so he pulled his gun to shoot when the car pulled forward, bumping his gun hand and accidentally firing a shot.
Prior to Morris’ testimony, Malone’s accomplice briefly took the witness stand. Several times Kelly said “no comment” to questions about the robbery and killing before Judge Wendy G. Getty had him step down and be led from the courtroom.
Kelly is serving 25-years-to-life sentence for his role in the murder-robbery. The Court of Appeal previously upheld Kelly’s conviction, unlike Malone’s, whose conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which also ordered he receive a new trial because jurors did not have the option of possibly finding him guilty of manslaughter.
Morris is expected to wrap up his testimony when the trial resumes Friday morning.
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