UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) – The prosecution called eight witnesses to make their case against Trumaine Washington, the man accused of threatening to shoot up a Tyler Walmart.
Ivory Peavey, an Asset Protection associate for Walmart, saw Washington walking around with the gun and said he didn’t take his eye off him.
“Really I wasn’t scared per se…but I was just keeping an eye on the handgun… There wasn’t anywhere for me to run.”
Washington then allegedly told Peavey: “I could shoot you and everyone in this store.
Breanna Johnson, an employee of the store, testified that she saw Washington pull out a gun near the customer service area and that she was scared. He had tried to return an item and was upset the store wouldn’t accept it without a receipt.
Johnson then went outside to call police and told people coming into the store to stay out.
The sporting goods manager Eddie Pate actually sold him 200 rounds of ammo and a large Bowie knife after the incident at customer service. Pate said that he had no knowledge of the exchange at the front of the store.
He also testified that he never felt threatened and saw no indication that Washington was upset.
The state rested their case after roughly three hours of testimony. Judge Skeen recessed the trial until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The trial for a man charged with threatening to shoot up a Tyler Walmart just days after the El Paso Massacre will begin Monday afternoon at the Smith County Courthouse.
Trumaine Washington, 31, has waived his right to a jury trial, leaving his fate in the hands of 241st District Court Judge Jack Skeen. It is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Two weeks ago, five witnesses were sworn in with Skeen warning them not to speak to their family or to the media about their testimony.
Washington was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because he allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot customers and employees. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
The incident occurred at the Tyler Walmart on the southside of Loop 323 back in September.
Tensions had been high at Texas Walmarts at the time with it still being less than a month after the El Paso Walmart Massacre in August.
The shooter is accused of killing 22 people and injuring 24 others. He is indicted on hate crime charges and faces the death penalty after he confessed to police that he targeted Mexicans.