Dramatic testimony was given Thursday in the murder trial of George Franklin, a Memphis man accused in the death of three year-old-girl Jessica Borner in 2002. Prosecutors say that deadly shooting stemmed from an argument over drugs.
Tyrone Taylor took the witness stand, but for his own protection his face was not shown. Taylor told the jury that Franklin, also known as G-Bony, was contacted to score a $10 bag of weed. Unhappy with the quality of the drugs, George Franklin was called again and that was when the trouble started.
"As they arrived out the car I backed toward the house," Taylor said. "I asked why you all bring guns it ain't got to be like that. He was like what's up now, -----? I said ain't nothing up you got guns you got your homeboys with you."
Taylor testified that Franklin shot first, hitting him in the arm.
Later in the day, Sandra Hawthorn, who was inside the house when the shooting occurred, testified she was the one who called 911. Hawthorn was shot in the back, where the bullet is still lodged.
Still, no one testified Thursday that George Franklin was the one that fired the gun that killed Borner.