Md. man denies 3 killings in testimony
A man on trial in Prince George's County for murdering a well-known music producer in 2006 and then ordering an attack that killed a witness and another man two years later took the witness stand Wednesday to deny the allegations.
Jamaal G. Alexis, 23, began his testimony in a courtroom in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday and completed it Wednesday afternoon.
Under direct examination by defense attorney Elizabeth Cawood, Alexis was asked whether he murdered Raymond Brown, also known as Scottie Beats, on Oct. 13, 2006.
"No," Alexis answered.
Alexis testified that he did not take part in the car theft that prosecutors allege resulted in Brown's murder; he said he was not even at the scene of the crime.
"Did you ever arrange, with your brother, to murder anyone?" Cawood asked.
"No," Alexis replied.
Alexis is on trial for murdering music Brown during an attempted car theft. According to prosecutors, Alexis was behind the wheel of a stolen tow truck trying to steal Brown's Chrysler 300 in the Mitchellville neighborhood where Brown lived.
When Brown confronted him, prosecutors allege, Alexis fired a shot into Brown's torso, killing him.
Alexis is also charged with arranging an attack two years after the Brown murder that left two men dead and a young woman wounded.
According to court testimony, Bobby J. Ennels, a onetime friend of Alexis's, was driving two people while talking on his cell phone. Ennels was directed to a residential neighborhood in Landover, where two men appeared and talked to him, according to testimony.
According to a state witness, Ennels said, "You all don't have to worry about nothing, it's cool. I'm not gonna say anything." One of the men produced a handgun and fatally shot Ennels, 22, and a man sitting in the front passenger seat, Anthony Cash, 22.
A teenage girl sitting in the back seat, Frances Lammons, now 18, was wounded in the elbow but survived and testified for the state.
Prosecutors allege Jamaal Alexis arranged for his brother, Rashadd Alexis, 21, to kill Ennels to silence him as a witness in the Beats murder. Cash and Lammons were shot because they happened to be there, prosecutors allege.
Ennels had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the Beats murder and was cooperating with prosecutors in their case against Jamaal Alexis, according to court records.
On Wednesday, Alexis was dressed in a blue dress shirt, black slacks and black tie.
Earlier in the trial, Neiman Marcus Edmonds, 23, a onetime friend of Jamaal Alexis, testified for the state. Edmonds said he was helping Alexis steal Brown's car and that he was disabling the Chrysler's alarm system when Brown walked toward the tow truck.
Edmonds said he ran to a getaway car and heard a gunshot. The next day, Alexis told him he had shot Brown, Edmonds testified.
In his testimony, Alexis claimed that Edmonds' testimony was based on details fed to him by a police detective.
Assistant State's Attorney Wesley Adams confronted that assertion during cross-examination. Adams pointed out that another state witness, a jailhouse informant, came forward in early 2008, about a month after Alexis was arrested for the Brown murder.
Defense attorneys have attacked the credibility of the informant, Amadu S. Jalloh, who told prosecutors in February 2008 -- eight months before Ennels was killed -- that Alexis planned on having a witness killed.
Alexis had testified on direct examination that he didn't talk about the details of his case to anyone in the jail.
How then, Adams asked, did the informant know that Edmonds's fingerprint had been found on the hood of Brown's car?
"It was a highly-publicized case," Alexis replied.
Adams responded that when the informant came forward, 14 months had passed since the Brown murder, and the slaying was no longer in the news.
During the trial, at the request of the state, Jalloh has been referred to as "John Doe."
Jalloh, who is in prison in Maryland on unrelated charges, refused to testify in the trial because he fears for his safety, authorities said.
Jalloh testified in a previous court hearing, and was identified in a news story at the time. Jalloh was also identified by name in court papers filed by the state.
Closing arguments are expected to take place Thursday.
-- Ruben Castaneda
| October 28, 2010; 8:10 AM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda | Tags: Prince George's crime, Scottie Beats murder
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