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Man testifies against friend at Kaneohe murder trial

William Freeman William Freeman
Jerrico Lindsey Jerrico Lindsey
Benjamin Grajeda Benjamin Grajeda

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hometown buddies were pitted against each other at a murder trial on Oahu Tuesday. Under tight security, prosecutors called their star witness to testify about a gangland-style slaying on the Windward side.

William Freeman says defendant Jerrico Lindsey, his good friend from Alabama, gunned down a drug dealer in the middle of Kaneohe Bay Drive in May 2007.

Freeman says he, Lindsey and another friend went to the victim's home on Puuohalai Place to steal drugs and money, but wound up beating him and putting him into the trunk of their car. Freeman tells the jury Benjamin Grajeda got out of the trunk on Kaneohe Bay Drive and made a run for it.

He says Lindsey chased after him and opened fire.

"I said what was taking you, what took you so long out there, you know, and he said, he made a comment like the gun messed up. I said, well, did you hit him because he was still sitting up in the street when I looked in the rear view," Freeman said. "He said, yeah, I think I got him three or four times."

An autopsy found the 27-year-old victim suffered 16 gunshot wounds.

The defense claims Freeman was the shooter.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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