COLUMBIA – Three friends of Aaron Hobson testified Wednesday morning about their recollections of the night he was fatally shot.
This testimony was part of the second day of the prosecution's case against Tony Lewis.
- Tony Lavelle Lewis, 27, of Boonville is being tried for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery in connection with the 2010 shooting death of Aaron Hobson.
- Hobson, of Wichita, Kan., was beaten, robbed and shot in the parking lot of the Break Time convenience store at 110 E. Nifong Blvd. on Oct. 23, 2010. He was 22.
- Lewis is one of eight defendants charged in connection with this case.
- Six of the defendants have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from Hobson’s murder. Darris Peal, the only other defendant to go to trial, was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Donquavious Hill testified he saw Hobson beaten and held at the trunk of his car by a group of men.
“They were hitting him in the back of the head,” Hill said.
Hill testified he got out of his car to help his friend but ran when he saw a gun being held to Hobson.
“Everything happened fast — too fast,” Hill said.
Dexter Faulk testified he saw people going through Hobson’s pockets as he was being beaten with fists and a pistol.
“They had Aaron bent over the back of the car and they had a gun to his head,” Faulk said. “There wasn’t much I could do.”
Faulk testified that he heard someone shout, “Shoot that n-----,” and then heard gunshots, at which time he ran from the scene.
Before he heard the shots fired, Faulk described seeing several people picking up money next to Hobson’s car. The person he remembered most clearly was stocky and wore his hair in "twisties," a description that matches Lewis.
However, when Defense Attorney Jennifer Bukowsky showed Faulk a picture that was taken of Lewis earlier in the night, Faulk couldn’t identify him as having twisties because Lewis was wearing a baseball cap.
Another friend of Hobson's, Sir Paul Jones, testified that while some people were attacking Hobson, “most of them were just standing around, some picking up money.”
Jones testified that he saw Hobson held near the trunk of his car with a gun to his head.
“With his hands up and leaned on the car,” Jones said, “with a gun to his head.”
Jones got out of the witness box and demonstrated how Hobson was held by using Assistant Prosecutor Roger Johnson as a stand-in for the victim. The jury watched as Jones pushed Johnson forward with his left hand and pretended to hold a gun to his head with his right hand.
Both Faulk and Jones described the gunman as having dreadlocks and wearing a white T-shirt, which Faulk recognized as being the codefendant Daron Peal.
Neither Hill nor Faulk nor Jones could specifically identify Tony Lewis’ face as being that of one of the people involved in robbing Hobson.
Testimony continued Wednesday afternoon in Boone County Circuit Court.