Testimony Underway In Murder Trial; Death Of Tyler Johnson Descr

Testimony Underway In Murder Trial; Death Of Tyler Johnson Described

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A witness described the last moments of Tyler Johnson's life, during testimony in Jefferson County court Tuesday.

Sammy Brown is being tried in Jefferson County Court, accused of second-degree murder and other charges in Johnson's shooting death in his town of Pamelia home in May 2017. Brown is one of five people charged in Johnson's killing.

Joana Eggleston testified Tuesday that Johnson was on the edge of his bed, playing a video game. She was also on the bed.

"Both Tyler and I heard a big, horrendous noise," she said. Someone shouted "Watertown police" and two men entered the room, one of them dressed all in black.

Eggleston said one of the men shot Johnson and his neck "exploded."

Prosecutors haven't said whether they know who pulled the trigger.

Prosecutors and Brown's lawyer agree Brown was in the house, but not about why.

Defense attorney Ed Narrow said Brown went to Johnson's home to buy marijuana, not to participate in armed robbery, and was outside the home as a lookout. He said there was no physical evidence that his client was inside the residence.

Prosecutors say Brown, Davis, and Jamaal Carr went into the home to rob Johnson of money and pot. Another suspect, Shawn Moore, was allegedly the getaway driver.

The four men allegedly planned the robbery at the apartment of another murder suspect, Taylor Beckstead.

Johnson was described Tuesday as a drug dealer, who had a weapon at the house and $24,000 in cash.

Also taking the stand  were the 911 dispatcher who took the emergency call, two of the state troopers who responded, and a LifeNet paramedic who helped transport Johnson to the Syracuse hospital where he died.

The prosecution says Devin Davis would also testify for the prosecution. He is also charged with second-degree murder in Johnson's death.

 Twelve jurors and three alternates -- 11 women and four men -- were seated Monday.

Brown is the first of the suspects to go to trial. He and the other four each face several charges including second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

Another person, Christopher O'Connor of Watertown, was sentenced in May to six months in jail after he admitted to helping plan the alleged robbery.

It was revealed in court Monday that there are more than 60 potential witnesses that could be called to testify.

The defendant hasn't decided yet if he will testify.

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