Posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM
Friday, Jun 6 at 7:56 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Defense attorneys spent most of Friday laying the ground work for Kenan Gay to take the stand next week.
The former UNC football player is on trial for second-degree murder for an incident that occurred at Ed’s Tavern in March 2012.
He’s accused of throwing Bobby Kingston into oncoming traffic in front of the bar following an incident in which the victim came on to his girlfriend.
Gay and his then girlfriend, now wife Liz went to Ed’s to meet up with some friends.
One of them was Clayton Bradley, who attended Charlotte School of Law with Gay.
He didn’t see what happened to Kingston, but he was a witness to what led up to it.
He saw the victim approach Liz and says that after a while his aggressiveness got his and another friend’s attention.
“The first time friends called Gay’s attention to the interaction between his girlfriend and Kingston, Gay laughs,” he said.
He described Gay as not the jealous type and said he’d never seen him get angry when men approached Liz before.
But then he told jurors that things got ugly. “Kingston had come up to her and without saying a word put his hands on her and kissed her or attempted to kiss her,” said Bradley.
That prompted Gay to respond, “Kenan took action to stop it. He was not going to let anyone do that to Liz.”
That action was grabbing Kingston by the collar and forcing him out of the bar. Bradley says he followed four to five seconds later but by then it was too late. He saw a body in the road and he saw his friend Kenan.
"Was motionless just staring down the road."
The defense put on a parade of character witnesses. Bradley was the last. Before that the Sheriff of Lee County where Gay grew up talked about his character.
When Gay testifies next week he will have to explain why he ran from the scene before surrendering to one of the bystanders who pursued him from the bar.