BRADENTON -- A witness told a jury this morning he saw former Lakewood Ranch High quarterback Tim Brooks point a gun into a car prior to the killing of William White Jr.
Brooks is charged with the robbery and murder of White on July 13, 2008, in the area of 27th Avenue Drive East.
Witness Brian Peterson testified that at the time of the shooting he had been friends with Brooks and Cody Rogers, who is also charged with White's killing.
Peterson said he went to where the shooting occurred with Rogers, who drove them there. Once in the neighborhood, Peterson said a car drove up with a man inside seeking drugs.
Jakob Cunnien, the driver of the car, which held White as a passenger, bought a Xanax pill from Peterson. After the drug deal, Peterson said Cunnien started to leave the neigborhood but stopped after seeing people he knew.
When Cunnien stopped, Peterson said Brooks approached the passenger side of Cunnien's car and pointed a gun at White. He said Rogers than approached the car and robbed Cunnien, while pointing a gun in his face. At the point, Peterson said, a gunshot went off as Cunnien squealed his tires trying to drive off. White later died of a gunshot wound, a medical examiner testified.
"Basically, it was total chaos," Peterson said.
Peterson said Brooks fired the shot, but Assistant Public Defender Peter Belmont read a statement Peterson made prior to trial.
"I'm not sure. That's the thing, I didn't know which gun went off. I just know somebody's gun went off," Peterson said, according to the statement.