CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The state called three witnesses to the stand Wednesday in the trial of man accused of shooting and killing a toddler.
Ellis Royster was back in Mecklenburg District Court for the second day of testimony. Several of his friends also showed up and sat in the back of courtroom 5730.
Adrianna Fiorczyk of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department testified about the evidence she found on the scene shortly after a toddler was shot in his stroller. The child, Amias Bernard Robinson, was critically injured and later died at CMC Main. One of the pieces of evidence shown to jurors today was the stroller that Robinson was in when he was shot. Fiorczyk also told jurors about the shell casings she collected from the scene.
Another witness called was Mecklenburg County Sheriff Deputy Scott Clarkson, who works in the county detention center. Clarkson is responsible for the recordings of phone calls made from the jail to family and friends. He testified about five recordings made by the man police first arrested as the suspect in the toddler’s shooting.
Alvin Alexander spent two months in jail as the first person witnesses said pulled the trigger in the shooting of a passing car in Aug. 2010. The two year old was struck by a stray bullet.
Alexander is still behind bars for an unrelated crime. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery. He testified before jurors in a Mecklenburg County orange jumpsuit.
Alexander told jurors that he knew the defendant Ellis Royster for years, although he is older than Royster. "We was [sic] just there smoking and they were playing Madden (football video game) and I stepped outside," Alexander said.
According to Alexander, someone from the neighborhood was upset when they tried to buy drugs, but the sellers took the money and drove off without paying. Later, Alexander said that someone noticed a car similar to the one that drove off with the drugs.
“I was standing there and then Ellis started shooting,” Alexander said. "It was like pow, pow, pow, pow, pow-pow, pow, pow, pow.”
During testimony, recordings were played of five different free phones calls Alexander made to family members and friends. Alexander could be heard saying multiple times on the calls that he was not the shooter and "Ellis is the shooter and he knows he did it."
The defense will continue to cross examine Alexander when court resumes tomorrow.