Courtroom: Alleged Tyler mall parking lot shooter takes the stand
Tyler (KETK) — On the third day of the Ricky Neal, Jr, trial, the defense began presenting their case. Neal is accused of murdering Chris Mass, 23, of Tyler, and shooting at Jonathan Lamone Dews, 29, of Tyler, back on February 9, 2013, at the Broadway Square Mall parking lot.
KETK had a reporter in the courtroom this morning to highlight the proceedings. Listed below are some of the key points made.
- Investigator was led to believe Neal and Mass didn't know each other.
- Detectives said video inside mall showed Neal didn't communicate with Mass and did not provoke him.
- Neal admits to shooting Mass.
- Neal said he never saw a weapon on Dews or Mass during interview with police following shooting.
- Neal said he thought he shot Mass twice, but he actually shot him three times with a 40 caliber firearm, according to prosecutors.
- Neal told detective he shot Mass because he feared what Mass could have gotten out of car. No weapons were found in Mass' vehicle.
- Dews parole officer reported several violations since May 2013: Driving without license (2x) and substance abuse.