Spokane basketball game shooting trial starts

Spokane basketball game shooting trial starts

Spokane basketball game shooting trial starts

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 11:09 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The trial is underway for a man accused of firing several shots into a group of basketball players. 

The incident happened at a North Spokane park last April. Ricky Leon faces multiple charges including assault and drive-by shooting. Police said one person was wounded.

Prosecutors said Ricky Leon fired several shots into a crowd playing basketball at Dutch Jake Park. Defense attorneys said it was a senseless act but not one committed by Leon.

The defense attorneys said one of the state’s own witnesses will point the finger at a man named Josh Tillery.

Tillery was arrested in May of 2013 for the murder of Devon Mack in North Spokane. Tillery’s mother believes there is no way her son murdered Mack because she said he was home making enchiladas.

The judge in Leon’s case ruled the argument that Tillery may be involved in the shooting is not allowed for now. They said the issue can be revisited later on in the trial.

A witness at the park took the stand Monday afternoon. She was at the park when the shots were fired with her three week old son.

“Then the driver opened the door and was shooting too. I ran behind the tree with my stroller. They drove off and shot in the air and that was it,” said a witness.

The witness testified she was only 70 percent sure Leon was the gunman.

Leon has pleaded guilty to eluding police stemming from a short chase the night of the shooting.

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