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Accused Oakland murderer Laron Logwood testified today that he acted out of self defense

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Accused murderer Laron Logwood testified today that he fatally shot Edwin “Mikey” Grady outside a corner market in East Oakland in broad daylight three years ago because he thought Grady had a gun and was planning to kill him. Asked by prosecutor Tim Wellman if he actually saw Grady, 25, with a gun in the incident outside the Arrwa One Stop Market at the corner of 86th and Bancroft avenues just before 2 p.m. July 16, 2009, Logwood said, “I actually seen it. I’m 115 percent sure.” But Logwood, 36, seemed confused when Wellman asked him to describe the gun Grady allegedly was carrying. He asked the prosecutor, “Describe it? How do you do that?” Logwood admitted that he didn’t know the gun’s color but claimed that at one point he could see it through Grady’s shirt and at another point he saw a bulge in Grady’s pants that he believed was a gun. Police officers who responded to the shooting didn’t find any evidence that Grady had a gun but Logwood’s lawyer, William DuBois alleged in his opening statement in the case that Grady’s friends removed his gun before police arrived.

Wellman told jurors in his opening statement that Logwood killed Grady in cold blood after the two men exchanged words in front of the market. The shooting was captured by the store’s surveillance camera and the footage has been shown to jurors. The video shows Logwood firing a single shot into Grady’s chest. Grady then ran around the corner, collapsed and died a short time later. DuBois said Logwood acted in self-defense because he thought that his family members, who were at the scene, were in danger of being shot by Grady. He said Logwood came to the store after a female cousin told him a man — not Grady — had smashed her face and she needed his help.

DuBois alleged that Grady sold drugs in front of the market and was upset that Logwood and others were hanging out there and interfering with his ability to sell drugs. Logwood testified earlier this week that Grady was upset at people being on what he believed was his spot. Logwood admitted today that Grady never pointed a gun at him and he didn’t think about leaving the scene or calling police after he perceived that Grady might kill him. Asked by Wellman if he called 911 too report his concerns, Logwood said, “No, it wouldn’t help me.” Logwood also said he didn’t think the single bullet he fired at Grady killed him. He said, “I was assuming he’d be OK. He didn’t fall on his face. He was responsive and he was looking at me.” Logwood said that after shooting Grady he tried to conceal it by getting rid of his gun and changing his clothes at a friend’s home in Richmond. Testimony in Logwood’s trial will continue on Thursday.

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