A former employee of the York City strip club homicide victim Trevahn Kent was leaving when he was gunned down in an ambush 16 months ago told jurors Tuesday why she initially, and repeatedly, lied to police about the two men accused of killing Kent.
"Because I was scared for my life ... scared they was gonna hurt me," Khadijah Weary testified. "Because they are dangerous men."
Derrick Eugene Johnson, 25, of York, is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the Feb. 17, 2013, death of Kent as the victim left Temptations at 617 E. Market St.
Co-defendant: Charged with criminal homicide in Kent's death is Damian Chaudre Banks, who at the time was dating Weary, but only Johnson is on trial this week in York County Court.
Banks, 22, testified against Johnson Tuesday and confirmed he expects consideration in his case in exchange, including that he will not face a first-degree murder charge.
According to senior deputy prosecutor Duane Ramseur, Johnson and Banks were with a group of people at Temptations on Jan. 13, 2013, where Kent and his friend, Lamin Goodman, were playing pool.
Pool dispute: Goodman either asked the group to move so he could take his shot or bumped someone in the group with his pool cue while taking the shot, and the group members became angry, according to testimony.
A large fight erupted, according to Goodman's testimony Monday. He said he was knocked unconscious and Kent was stabbed in the side.
More than a month later, shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2013, Kent and Goodman were in Temptations again when they spotted Johnson and Banks being refused entrance to the strip club.
Sneaked out: Goodman said he and Kent stayed inside the club for a time until the bartender sneaked them out a different door. The bartender first checked the street for Johnson and Banks, but the two men were in an alcove, according to Ramseur.
Moments after walking out of Temptations, Kent was fatally shot with one .45-caliber bullet, Ramseur has said.
Weary, 19, testified she left the club at 1:45 a.m., her normal time, and Banks and Johnson were waiting outside to drive her home, which also was normal, she said.
'Jumped back': "They both gave me a hug," Weary testified. "I felt something on (Johnson's) hip and I jumped back."
She told jurors she felt guns tucked in both men's waistbands, after which they told her to go to the car and that everything "would be OK."
Weary testified she waited in the car for some time, then heard three gunshots.
"I saw Derrick and Damian running through the parking lot to the car," then get in, she told jurors.
"They said, 'Hurry up, let's go,'" Weary said. "I was screaming ... for them to take me home right now."
Weary continued yelling at Banks, "because he put me in a position I should never have been in," she said. "I told (Damian), 'Never call me or text me again.'"
Threats alleged: She testified she eventually left her job at Temptations because Banks was coming in and threatening her, and was having others threaten her as well. He has not been charged with witness intimidation, according to court records.
Banks told jurors he wanted nothing to do with shooting Kent.
He testified Johnson was waiting outside Temptations for Kent and Goodman, but said he was there for a different reason.
"I was waiting to get some weed," he testified.
Laser-sighted gun: When Kent and Goodman came out of the club, Johnson "pulled the gun off his hip," aimed its laser sight on Kent's back and fired, according to Banks.
On Tuesday afternoon, both sides rested their cases without Johnson taking the stand on his own behalf.
Closing arguments are set to begin at 9 a.m.
-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org.