Self-defense argued in the fatal shooting of a former high school basketball player
The man accused of shooting his former high school basketball teammate testified that the shooting was in self-defense.
Gabreon Kione G.K. is a Gabron-Kione "GK." Alex Johnson, 23, was shot dead at 1:26 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2019. Wells-Lindsey, 22, is charged with open murder, felony firearms, and carrying obscene force weapons.
Wells-Lindsey testified for more than 40 minutes on Oct. 13, during a jury trial in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, before Judge Gary Giguere Jr.
In the past, I've been able to get a lot of things done. Kalamazoo man, 19, handed gun to friend before being shot dead, according to witness.
Wells-Lindsey had been fighting with Johnson via text messages in the hours prior to the shooting. Johnson, he added, had been threatening him.
Wells-Lindsey testified he decided to fight Johnson and went over to his apartment. He said he decided to bring a gun because 'he knew Johnson carried.
Wells-Lindsey testified that when he arrived at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Hidden Hills Drive, a hallway was filled with people waiting until Johnson and Lamont Goodman left their apartment.
Wells-Lindsey said Johnson started yelling and screaming obscenities at him.
Wells-Lindsey said, His eyes are red, bulging. Im looking at him, hes yelling at me, cussing me out, a woman said.
Wells-Lindsey and Goodman both testified that Johnson was holding a gun. Johnson had been handing the gun to Goodman as the shooting began, Goodmann said.
The three men, who had all attended Loy Norrix High School, were in the hallway together, Goodman testified.
Johnson began to move the gun from where he was sitting at his side, according to Wells-Lindsey. Wells-Lindsey said he fell into a squat, moved against eagles, and pulled out the gun hunk on his back.
He said he then started to shoot behind himself as if to go for the door.
Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Douglas testified on Oct. 12 that he was shot once and that the bullet traveled from the side of Johnson's back up and down to the opposite side if his chest.
The bullet took a pretty devastationous route, she said.
Wells-Lindsey said he didnt know if a hit anyone and ran to the car. He then changed his clothes and stayed at an apartment until driving home that night.
Wells-Lindsey said he had been smoking marijuana before and after the shooting.
Maxwell Link, Johnson's friend, testified that Johnson had snorted a line of cocaine earlier in the evening.
Wells-Lindsey was arrested midday Nov. 13 and charged with felony mischief. He was questioned for hours by detectives from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. He refused to admit he was in the apartment complex during the shooting and later admitted claiming if. He claimed he learned Johnson had died at the end of the interview.
Gabreon Wells-Lindsey had to be up or down on the night of Nov. 13, according to Assistant Prosul Jeff Williams. A bunch of text strings is not an invitation to come to somebodys door and shoot them, he added.
Williams and defense attorney Michael Hills agreed that Wells-Lindsey did the shooting during closing arguments. They also agreed that some of the testimony some witnesses gave to the jury may not be accurate.
Hills said he isn't going to stand up and tell everyone this was a great idea. It wasnt. Your job isnt to determine if my client made wise choices that night. We're not his mom. Were not his dad.
Hills said the shooting was in self-defense.
A jury will decide if Wells-Lindsey is guilty of first-degree murder, second-level murder or acquitted. They will also decide whether to convict Wells-Lindsey for felony firearms, which is using a gun while committing egregious offenses.
The jury will also determine if Wells-Lindsey is guilty of carrying a concealed weapon. Wells-Lindsey is guilty of that, according to Hills.
The six-women, six men jury started deliberations at 4 p.m., Oct. 13.
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