FAIRFIELD — Friends and family members of Richard R. Calkins took the witness stand Thursday to recount the night he shot and killed two friends and wounded another while they were eating psilocybin mushrooms and watching television.
The families of the victims were also in court for the second day of the prosecution case. They listened to grisly details of the killing of Richard M. Perez, 20, and Cameron S. Silva, 21, and the wounding of Sarah J. Berkheimer on the night of Nov. 16, 2010, in Vacaville.
Berkheimer testified that Calkins opened fire shortly before 2 a.m. after the four of them had eaten the mushrooms they obtained earlier in the evening. Perez was shot first at the William Street apartment and then Silva, Berkheimer’s boyfriend, who crawled to Berkheimer before dying. Berkheimer was then shot twice in the face.
Two other prosecution witnesses, the mother of Calkins’ son and Calkins’ older brother, Joshua, both testified to hearing the gunshots while they were in upstairs bedrooms.
Calkins’ brother testified that he had just gotten into bed when he heard the first gunshot and heard the second gunshot as he put on his clothes and descended the stairs where he saw Silva get shot from behind.
Joshua Calkins said his brother did not say anything during the shooting.
“It seemed like he wasn’t there,” Joshua Calkins said, adding that his brother pointed the gun at his face and pulled the trigger twice. The gun had already been emptied in the burst of shooting a few seconds earlier.
Joshua Calkins told his brother to leave the apartment. He complied, taking the gun with him.
Police showed up at the shooting scene a short time later.
Testimony is set to resume Friday morning.
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