Victim's sons take stand in Coleman murder trial

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - More details were revealed Wednesday in the trial of a Mid-South man charged with murder in the parking lot of a Cordova shopping center.

Harry Coleman is charged with second degree murder in the death of Robert Dutch Schwerin.

Coleman is charged with shooting Schwerin after the two argued over who parked too close to whom the night of February 6, 2009.

In court, Schwerin's sons, Dallas and Colt Schwerin, relived that night.

"My father vandalized the Hummer," he said.  "Miss Coleman comes up very irate with my dad."

Colt Schwerin said when Coleman parked his Hummer too close to his father's Denali in the Trinity Commons parking lot, his father removed the Hummer's headlight cover.  Coleman's wife was furious.

"She went up to my dad and was kind of in his face, hitting him on the chest," Colt Schwerin said.

Dallas Schwerin said as the argument escalated, he saw Coleman go into his vehicle and get a gun.

"Shuts the passenger door and goes directly up to my dad," Dallas Schwerin said.  "Puts the tip of the gun in his mouth and then kind of backs away a little bit.  Then Coleman said, 'if you touch my wife again, I'll blow your ... brains out.'"

Colt Schwerin said his father pushed Mrs. Coleman away once more.

"And then Coleman shot my dad," Colt Schwerin said.  "He took a stance and aimed and shot."

Colt Schwerin said Coleman then threatened him.

"I ran up and I said, 'you should my dad,'" Colt Schwerin said.  "And he said, 'get away or I'll shoot you, too.'"

Prosecutors could wrap up their witness list Thursday, where testimony resumes at 9:30 a.m.

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