Relatives of slain 1-year-old Keondra Hooks gave riveting and emotional testimony on day 3 of the trial of the two men accused of killing the toddler. 21-year-old Keshawn Jennings and 19-year-old Antwaine Jones are on trial for murder, aggravated murder and attempted murder. On the night of August 9, 2012 sixteen bullets were fired into an apartment at the Moody Manor apartment complex. 1-year-old Keondra Hooks was struck in the head and died. Her 2-year-old sister was shot in the back but survived.
Naomi Reed, the great-grandmother of the two girls was the first witness called by the prosecution to testify. She says she was rousted from her sleep by gunshots and also by broken glass landing on her leg as she slept on a loveseat in the living room. Keondra was alseep on a comforter on the living room. When the shooting stopped Reed went to the child. "I scooped her up with both hands and said to my daughter she is gone,'' Mrs. Reed said. Reed further testified that a neighbor stormed into the apartment and said the baby was not dead and that they should rush the child to the hospital. The neighbor drove Reed and Keondra to St. Vincent's. "They immediately took her into surgery but Keondra never regained consciousness; they worked and worked on her but she never woke up," Mrs. Reed said.
Pride's daughter Tamatha Pride testified next. Prosecutor Claudia Ford asked Pride how many gunshots did she hear. "I can't remember, but it sure was a whole lot of them," Ms. Pride said.
Testimoy resumes Thursday at 8:30 a.m.