Jurors in the murder trial of Sacorey McKelvey heard more evidence Thursday tying the defendant to Corey Owens’ April 24, 2014, fatal shooting on Adair Avenue near Wynnton Road.
They heard from witness Dominic Cobb, who told authorities he saw a gunman run from the scene and get into a black Pontiac, which Cobb and his wife followed from Adair Avenue east on Wynnton Road to Buena Vista Road, before losing the vehicle in traffic.
Before they lost sight of the Pontiac, they called 911 and reported some digits from its license plate. Police found the tag was registered to McKelvey’s sister. That same day, officers found the car at a home on Debby Street. In a cupholder in the console, investigators found a construction company pay envelope with McKelvey’s name on it.
Police Sgt. Jason Brown testified officers already had reason to suspect McKelvey was the gunman who ambushed Owens on Adair Avenue at the entrance to Rivers Homes apartments. Owens, who had just left the apartments to pick up his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter, was shot in the head when he came to a stop sign.
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Police found four bullet holes in Owens’ white Chevrolet Suburban. Owens, 29, died in the hospital the next day.
Brown said Owens’ family believed McKelvey shot Owens because of a confrontation McKelvey had with Owens and his brothers the Tuesday before the Thursday shooting. McKelvey had gone to Adair Avenue with a gun, threatening the brothers, before they wrested the weapon away and beat him.
Investigators said McKelvey was angry because he’d lost a job after being convicted of terroristic threats in 2009. The victims in that case were associated with Owens’ family.
Brown testified McKelvey that day had visited a Gateway Road construction company to pick up the paycheck found in the Pontiac. He left the business between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Owens’ shooting was reported at 1:50 p.m.
According to online maps, it would have taken McKelvey about 15 minutes to travel the nine miles from the construction company to Adair Avenue, Brown said.
Brown testified also that when officers went to Debby Street to find the Pontiac, McKelvey was inside the residence, but he escaped out the back.
He remained on the loose until June 5, 2014, when police acting on a tip found him hiding out in a duplex on Oates Avenue. McKelvey had a wig he apparently used as a disguise, detectives said.
Now 25, McKelvey is charged with murder, aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit a crime. He faces life in prison if convicted.
Attorneys finished presenting evidence in the case Thursday. Closing arguments are expected Friday morning in Judge Gil McBride’s Government Center courtroom.