Before she was killed, Tyesha A. McNair planned to move from Columbus to Kansas to get away from her “violent” ex-boyfriend, McNair’s mother testified Wednesday in the double murder trial of James Brock.
Brock, 24, is accused of fatally shooting McNair, the mother of his two children, and Terence J. Clark in October 2009.
In the third day of Brock’s trial, Latonya L. Boyd of Topeka, Kan., described a history of domestic disputes between Brock and McNair and a relationship that had become untenable. She said McNair was planning to move home to Kansas on the day she was killed.
“A lot of times when I would talk to her I could hear him in the background,” Boyd said, adding her daughter once moved to North Carolina to live with a friend in an effort to avoid Brock.
Prosecutors say Brock gunned down Clark and McNair at McNair’s Crystal Court apartment. Authorities found Clark lying in a parking lot, while McNair was found on her living room floor with her hands covering her face.
A former coworker of Brock’s testified Tuesday that Brock visited him shortly after the shootings and confessed.
Brock’s defense attorney, Shevon Sutcliffe Thomas, has said the prosecution’s case is one of convenience and isn’t backed by credible witnesses.
On Wednesday, Boyd said she received several letters from Brock while he was in jail. In one letter, Brock denied killing McNair and said her death was the result of a robbery gone bad.
Brock apologized in the letter for not coming forward sooner and asked Boyd not to hate him for being a murderer but for “being a coward because that’s what I’m guilty of.”
Testimony is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today. Assistant District Attorney LaRae Moore said the state has about four more witnesses to call.
Brock, who opted for a bench trial before Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters, faces life in prison if convicted.
In a related case, Brock’s brother, former Columbus police officer Mitchell Brock, faces accusations that he drove by a witness’ home and made shooting motions with his hands toward a witness and his family in an effort to dissuade him from testifying.
If convicted, Mitchell Brock, 23, would face two to 10 years on a charge of influencing a witness and one to five years on an attempted influencing a witness charge.
-- Alan Riquelmy contributed to this report