Day 3: Lee Braboy murder trial
SALISBURY, Md. – In Wicomico County, it’s day three of a murder trial and there’s still a ways to go before a verdict is reached.
Lee Braboy allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Jaquanta Walton outside the Salisbury VFW back in June of 2017.
The jury heard a key testimony from an expert in DNA analysis who took the stand saying that Braboy’s DNA was found on the ski mask that police recovered at his then girlfriend’s apartment just days after the murder.
Key evidence for the state that the defense argued also had two others DNA on it.
On Wednesday, a gang recognition expert took the stand saying that there was in fact gang-related activity at the VFW the night of the murder that the victim is seen throwing up multiple gang signs directed towards the crowd and co-defendant Dionte Dutton.
It’s an important testimony for the state who alleges that Dutton and Braboy were in contact with each other all night via text and phone calls before and hours after the murder happened.
Conversations that started only after the victim threw up gang signs to Dutton, which the state claims is the motive for his killing –retribution.
Although the defense again highlighted the fact that their is no footage of Braboy in the VFW nor is there footage of Braboy interacting with the victim or Dutton.
Earlier in the day, the Maryland State Police lead detective on the case took the stand testifying to several calls that were intercepted by police after wiretapping Braboy’s phone.
Calls that came after several witnesses were subpoenaed that show the defendant was asking many of them to plead the fifth.
More witnesses are expected to take the stand Thursday morning and then the state will rest its case and the defense will be calling up witnesses of their own.