About 3:30 a.m. that Sept. 11 in a parking lot on Reynolds Street at the old train depot, officers found Carl Bush Sr., 56, shot to death.
A similar course of events would take place a few days later: Violent-crimes investigators called to one scene would be called to another within a couple of hours. Detectives would link all of the crimes to three men: Hector Torres, 19, Hamlet Perdomo, 25, and Michael Rewis, 21.
Torres is the first of the suspects to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court. His trial continues at 9 a.m. today.
Torres, who is being tried separately from his co-defendants, has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include murder, rape and armed robbery.
Zamfira Marshall testified Tuesday that he and April Williams were walking home about midnight Sept. 14, 2010, when three men in a vehicle approached them. Two got out with guns drawn.
“Should I kill them?” one asked the other, Marshall testified.
He wasn’t able to identify the assailants in a photo lineup, but a couple of months later when Marshall was in the Richmond County jail on charges that included aggravated assault and theft, he noticed a short, skinny inmate eyeing him.
When the man spoke, Marshall said, he recognized the voice of one of the armed men who had taken his cellphone and wallet. It was Torres, Marshall testified.
About two hours after Marshall and his friend were robbed, another couple was accosted on Fenwick Street, Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine told the jury. They didn’t have any cash.
At gunpoint the men forced the woman into the car, where Torres and his half-brother, Perdomo, sexually assaulted her, Paine said.
The woman was determined that if she couldn’t escape from the men, she would remember every detail to see that they would be found and prosecuted, Paine said in her opening statement.
With her descriptions of the men, the vehicle and a partial tag number of the car, sheriff’s officers tracked down and arrested Torres, Perdomo and Rewis on the same day, Paine said.
The woman’s and Torres’ DNA were found in the back seat of Rewis’ vehicle, the prosecutor said Tuesday.