Witness testimony in murder case continues

LIMA. Testimony continued on Tuesday in the trial of a Toledo resident accused of assaulting a man and killing his son.

DeMarco Morris, 34, has been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of second-degree assault and felony in the first degree of using a firearm in prohibited areas. All charges have the characteristics of firearms. Morris is charged with shooting at a truck and killing 25-year-old Davion Latson on September 5, 2021.

Three witnesses who were present at the scene testified on Tuesday and were summoned by the court. Allen County General Claims Judge Terry Colriser informed witnesses LeMonda Pryor, Melody Griffith and Zander Holland about the law against perjury and obstruction because the three men changed their stories and refused to cooperate with the Lima Police Department’s investigation.

On Monday, Michael Latson testified that he was attacked in a house on South Perry Street by a man named Larry Luke and Morris and was picked up by his son Davion Latson. He said that Morris fired at the truck when his son pulled up outside the house, and Davion Latson sped away and crashed, dying from a bullet wound.

Luke, Griffith’s boyfriend and owner of the South Perry Street home, was subpoenaed to testify on Tuesday but did not appear in court.

Jennifer Stewart, a girlfriend of Michael Latson, testified that she repeatedly called Latson because he was unlike not coming home until 11:00 pm. She said that when he picked up the phone, he seemed very embarrassed and told her that “they just attacked me. ”

Stewart said that once she located the man’s whereabouts, she called her son to pick up his father and stayed on the phone. She said she heard gunshots and Davion Latson took his last breath.

Several people were removed from the courtroom following an altercation between Tyrese Morris, a member of the defendant’s family, and a woman present in the Latson family on Monday.

On Tuesday, Griffith revealed that a gray truck later revealed to have carried Davion Latson, who was driving his father, once drove down Perry Street home before turning back the other way. She said the younger Latson was yelling out the window, asking who had hurt his father, and DeMarco Morris started shooting. She said she didn’t see anyone with a gun.

Griffith said that after the shooting, two young men drove up to the house in a red car, and Morris gave one of them a gun. According to her, one of the men slipped a gun under the mattress in her house.

Pryor testified that he saw Davion Latson get out of the car and that he appeared to have a gun, but he never saw it. He said that Morris later told him that Michael Latson threatened his three children who were in the house, but he did not witness it.

Holland, whose cousin lived down the street from the South Perry Street home, testified that he was unsure if Davion Latson got out of the car. He said that before leaving, Michael Latson “threatened people for no reason.”

Holland said he heard gunshots as the truck drove away.

Lima police responded to the crash site when the truck overturned and crashed into a house on the street. Patrol officer Christian Martin said he saw Davion Latson with a gunshot wound to his left rib. He did not react to the arrival of the police before the firemen pulled him out of the car.

Patrol officer Brittney Oesting testified that around 5 a.m. on September 6, 2021, she was at the back of a house on Perry Street guarding the scene when she heard movement from a neighboring house’s barn.

Body camera footage shows DeMarco Morris, who has been identified as a suspect, exiting the barn as Oesting and other officers order him to lie on the ground. He was arrested, and Osting found a penknife in the shed.

According to their testimony, DeMarco Morris followed the orders of the officers and denied killing anyone.

Osting said she saw a “Glock case” prominently displayed inside a red car parked outside a house on Perry Street.

Testimony will continue on Wednesday at 9 am.

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