A prosecution witness in the murder trial of Robert Lee Miller III was declared hostile Tuesday in the second day of testimony in Muscogee Superior Court.
Miller, 22, of Columbus faces two counts of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime in the April 21, 2012 shooting death of 19-year-old Antonio Deshawn Robinson. Miller and a second suspect are accused of firing into Robinson’s car near George Street and Brown Avenue.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew J. Landreau was given few answers to questions after calling 23-year-old Andrew Edge to the stand during the afternoon session in Judge Maureen Gottfried’s courtroom. His answers didn’t match what he told police in a videotaped statement.
When Landreau asked if Edge was with Miller on the day of the shooting, he said he wasn’t with him and only recalled what he heard in the news about the shooting. Edge was asked about Miller getting charged with murder before police picked him up from Phenix City and brought him to the Public Safety Center for an interview.
“I don’t recall anything,” Edge told the prosecutor.
That’s when Landreau was granted his request by the judge to identify Edge a hostile witness.
Edge was questioned by defense attorney Michael Reynolds, who is representing Miller. He asked the witness about selling a gun and his interview with police detectives.
“I was scared,” he said. “They threatened to charge me with something I didn’t do. That is how they tried to make me feel.”
Edge, an inmate in the Muscogee County Jail, also denied that Miller told him about firing into the car driven by Robinson. “No sir,” he said to Reynolds.
After he was picked up for questioning, Edge said police found a gun at his residence. He admitted to smoking marijuana and using cocaine that day.
Earlier in the day, a firearms examiner from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified that two weapons were fired into the vehicle. One was a .380 caliber pistol and the other was a 9 mm. Cartridges and casings were admitted into evidence in the case.
The day ended with jurors viewing a videotaped interview with Edge, police detective Daniel Lyon and another detective.
The trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when jurors return to the 11th floor courtroom. After the prosecution witnesses complete testimony during the morning session, Reynolds said he expects to call defense witnesses in the afternoon.