Doctor testifies girl, 6, is still disabled by bullet

Attempted murder case expected to go to jury Tuesday

April 12, 2010|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Raven Wyatt's doctor testified Monday that the 6-year-old still can't walk on her own, control her impulses or carry on a full conversation more than nine months after a stray bullet pierced her brain.

The evaluation was offered during the sixth day of testimony in the attempted-murder trial of Lamont Davis, 17. Police say he shot Raven and a teenage boy known as "Reds" last summer, after getting into a Baltimore street fight caused by his babies' mother.

The Baltimore Circuit Court case was supposed to go to the jury Monday, but it was held up, in part, by the reappearance of Maurice "Murder" Powell, a 16-year-old witness who has been on the run for weeks. Police apprehended him on a separate juvenile arrest warrant last week, and he was brought to court in handcuffs and chains Monday on an adult "material witness" warrant.

Davis' defense team has said Powell was the shooter, and his testimony was expected to be revelatory. But he had little to say Monday other than to admit that he was involved in a fistfight the day of the shooting. After that, he invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, leading the lawyers to confer at the judge's bench while Powell rested his head and openly sucked his thumb on the stand.

He was released to officers shortly thereafter.

The lengthy trial, which could go to the jury today, has exposed a ruthless world of underage criminals who allegedly settle petty scores with gunfire, and failures of the state to monitor them.

Many teens testified in handcuffs and chains, including the 16-year-old mother of Davis' two children.

Several witnesses have pinned the blame on Powell, while others have claimed Davis is guilty, making it a tough trial to sort through, full of half-truths and stories that change each time they're told.

Davis has a long history with law enforcement, having been arrested 15 times in the past seven years. He was released from detention in June last year and placed on a GPS monitoring system that was supposed to track his whereabouts and ensure that he stayed close to home. But he violated the conditions of the program more than 100 times, according to court testimony, and it appears that no one did anything about it.

Davis admitted to being outside his home the day of the shooting, according to a taped statement he gave police, which was played in court Monday, though he denies any involvement.

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