Trial begins in shooting of tow truck driver after 4 years of wa - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trial begins in shooting of tow truck driver after 4 years of waiting

Brothers Joseph and David Profit are charged with shooting Scotty Arnold (SOURCE: MPD) Brothers Joseph and David Profit are charged with shooting Scotty Arnold (SOURCE: MPD)
Scotty Arnold was shot and paralyzed while working as a tow truck driver (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) Scotty Arnold was shot and paralyzed while working as a tow truck driver (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Scotty Arnold has been waiting in a wheelchair since 2012 for justice. Now, two brothers are on trial and accused of stealing his mobility and livelihood.

The judge sent the jury home Wednesday night and deliberations will begin Thursday morning.

But, after four years of waiting for the trial to begin, Scotty said he is just happy it's here and he will be  there every step of the way.

Arnold is a father of three and a former tow truck driver. He's paralyzed from the chest down after he took a bullet to his back.

"Just doing my job," Arnold said. "Just trying to go home to my family."

In 2012, Arnold went to the Tulane Apartments with his coworkers to tow a truck. They hooked the truck up when police said brothers David and Joseph Profit came out to stop them and the situation turned violent.

Arnold said Joseph walked around the truck constantly hitting it with the butt of his gun. Arnold hit the gas to get away, and that's when Joseph allegedly began firing.

"Everyday is a struggle," Arnold said.

David Profit pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault, but his brother went to trial.

Profit told jurors he feared for his life when Arnold hit the gas. He is claiming he fired shots in self defense.

It's a question that is now up to the jury to answer.

"If you're trying to have a peaceful conversation with the tow truck driver, why get in front of the truck?" the district attorney asked jurors. "You're going to have to determine if the state's witnesses are credible."

But, as they sit and wait, Arnold said he wants success.

"My kids have to see me do it. I want them to see me succeed," Arnold said.

The victims from that frightening night said the waiting is worth it.

"I'm going to be here until they say he's guilty or not guilty," Arnold said.

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