If convicted, Corry R. “Corleone” Averette, 32, faces 20 to 99 years or life in prison.
Averett is accused of killing Rosco Desmond Anderson III in front of the latter’s home by shooting him to death.
According to medical evidence presented Tuesday, Anderson was struck with three .45 caliber bullets. The fatal shot entered the left side of Anderson’s chest and damaged his heart, lungs and liver before stopping just under his skin on the opposite side.
There was evidence of marijuana in Anderson’s system when he died, but no alcohol or other drugs.
The other forensic evidence presented Tuesday dealt with fingerprints and ballistics. The state’s expert on fingerprints said that no reliable prints had been lifted from any of the pieces of physical evidence recovered from the crime scene.
The ballistics expert testified that seven .45 millimeter shell casings recovered at the scene had all been fired by the same weapon, and also matched two jackets to the slugs recovered by the medical examiner from Anderson’s body.
The rest of the state’s testimony on Tuesday came from witnesses that Averett had allegedly told what happened after the fact.
According to Randi Holland, who loaned Averett her car the night of the killing, Averett, someone named BJ and possibly someone named Bo had been present at Anderson’s house on Marion Avenue. Averett initially did not return Holland’s vehicle on time, and she was not able to reach him by cell phone.
Holland said Averett told her there was a question of debt between him and Anderson, and that there had been a fight. She said Averett told her that he had shot Anderson, who then got up and tried to run away before being run over by Holland’s car.
Holland did not come forward voluntarily but gave a statement to investigators in 2005. She refused to speak with an investigator for the defense.
The state also called two federal inmates who Averett had allegedly told about the killing.
The first inmate testified that Averett told him Anderson had hired him to do security for a recording studio Anderson operated out of his home. He said the defendant told him that he had gone to rob the victim, chased him down by the side of the road and shot him with a .45. He said no one had made him any promises about reductions to his sentence, although he was aware of such a program for cooperating witnesses.
The second inmate testified that Averett had told him that he had been hired to kill someone in exchange for a kilogram of cocaine from Anderson, but had not been paid enough.
Averett allegedly told this man that he had shot Anderson with the .45, left his body by the curb and taken everything he had. Anderson had been cooking crack when the incident began, according to the testimony.
Both inmates contacted Sylacauga police by mail.
Testimony was also taken regarding two cell phones recovered at the scene of the shooting. One belonged to the defendant, the other to the victim.
After the state rested, the defense called a Sylacauga police officer who had filed a memo in the case file saying he had been told five people were involved in the killing, including someone with the last name Averett but a different first name. The officer confirmed that the memo was in his handwriting, but he did not recall writing it and did not know where the information came from. Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth ruled that the memo was hearsay and could not be admitted into evidence.
The defense was also planning to call an alibi witness, but this witness appears to have fled the courthouse after finding out that there were warrants out for her arrest. Defense attorney Victor Kelley told Hollingsworth his client did not wish the judge to issue a subpoena to have her brought back.
The defense will begin presenting its case to the jury today starting at 8:30 a.m.
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