A man on trial for murder this week said in a recorded statement to a sheriff’s investigator that he didn’t fire the fatal shot.
Brandon White is charged with murder in connection with the Sept. 17, 2010, drive-by shooting on Second Avenue that killed 26-year-old Damion Collier. Authorities described Collier as an innocent bystander.
White was questioned hours after the shooting but was considered only a witness at the time, sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Beckman testified Tuesday. White provided more details about what happened in his third questioning Sept. 21, including his statement that he was the driver, not the shooter in the passenger seat.
“I swear to you that we did not know he had a gun,” White said during questioning.
In the recorded interview, White said his passenger and the shooter was Alvin Sturgis. Sturgis is charged with aggravated assault in a separate incident involving White, but is not charged in connection with this homicide.
White said Sturgis told him he didn’t hit anyone with his gunfire, but Collier was injured outside his home and died in surgery several hours later.
White was charged with two counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Investigators named Johnny Patrick Thibodeaux and Carron Anthony White as the other men responsible for Collier’s death and charged them with the same counts.
Records show both cases are still open.