Third Day in Trial of Man Accused of Killing Columbia Mom

11:55 PM, Dec 2, 2009   |    comments
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Brandon Cook in court Wednesday

Columbia (WLTX) - Wednesday marked the third day in the trial of 20-year-old Brandon Cook, who's accused in the 2007 shooting death of a Columbia mother.

Police say Cook shot into 32-year-old Torsheena Davis's apartment, killing the mother of five. 


 The day started out heated in the courtroom, as Cook's attorneys got their chance to cross-examine a City of Columbia police officer.  The prosecution called the officer as a witness yesterday.

He responded to a fight in 2007 where Cook was the victim, just hours before police say he shot Davis.  Cook told police he was targeting the person he'd been in the fight with and didn't mean to shoot davis.

Cook's attorneys argued he was scared to talk with police about the fight, and that's why he refused to press charges or file an incident report.  They said if police had taken a little more time, they could have prevented the revenge shooting.  But testimony from another former officer, who did talk with Cook more in-depth after the fight, told the jury he still didn't expect the shooting.  "He didn't seem super enraged.... He just looked natural.  He was talking to me and trying to explain what happened," Chris Carazales told the jury. 

In fact, the prosecutors argued Carazales wasn't worried about leaving Cook when he got another call from dispatch.  "Explain to the jury, had you not been comfortable with his state of mind, what would you have done?," Assistant Solicitor Vanessa Shipley asked him on the stand.  "I would have told dispatch that I was currently tied up and we use codes to advise dispatch that I was still busy with something else," he responded. 

Testimony will continue Thursday, with the prosecution expected to wrap up their case.






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