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October 23, 2013

Jury hears defendant’s video statement during murder trial

TERRE HAUTE — The jury in a Vigo County murder trial saw video of the defendant telling Terre Haute Police detectives that he shot three people in self defense on Aug. 24, 2012.

As day three in the trial of William Mallory got under way this morning, Deputy Prosecutor Chris Wrede played two video interviews that the 22-year-old defendant had with police, following the shooting death of 24-year-old Dustin Kelly and the shootings of Donte Pettus and Terrance Trotter. All three were shot in a parking lot outside the Ballyhoo Tavern at Ninth and Chestnut streets.

Mallory faces six criminal charges in Vigo Superior Court 6, including murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery. The trial is expected to conclude Friday.

Seated in the courtroom, Mallory showed no emotion as he watched the videos in which he talks to THPD detectives Starla Neidigh and Troy Davis.

“I was just trying to make it home safe,” Mallory says in one part of the video, when asked by Neidigh why he just didn’t get in his car and go home after leaving the tavern, where he had an earlier encounter with Pettus. Mallory also replied that he was concerned about a cousin who was with him, and said he felt threatened when Pettus and several others approached Mallory in the parking lot.

When asked in an interview later on the morning of the shooting — Mallory had turned himself in to Indianapolis police after traveling there to visit his mother — the defendant said he did not feel sorry about the shootings. In another interview a few days later, Mallory told the detectives that he forgot to tell them that Pettus had claimed to be a gang member who could kill Mallory during their encounter inside the bar. At the conclusion of that interview, Mallory told police he had not meant to kill anyone in the shooting.

The 12-member jury also heard testimony this morning from a witness to the shooting.

Cory Grigsby stated that he knew Pettus, Kelly and Trotter, but not Mallory or his friends. Grigsby said he saw some people in the parking lot “talking crap” to each other, but he ran when he saw gunfire break out. Grigsby said he did not see anyone punch anyone else, and saw no other weapon possessed by anyone at the scene.

See Thursday’s Tribune-Star and return to www.tribstar.com to read more details from today’s testimony.

 

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