Road rage murder trial begins

July 29, 2008 3:52:34 PM PDT
"I don't even know how I made it through the year." It's been a year since Shaute McDuffy's 14 year-old son Tykeem Law was fatally shot. He died in what has been called a road rage incident at 9th and Federal streets last July. 19-year-old Charles Meyers is on trial for the younger teen's murder.

"I want this to be over," says the victim's mother.

Prosecutors say when Law, who was riding bikes with 4 teenage cousins, was slow to move aside and let Meyers pass, the two argued.

Today, a police officer who witnessed the incident testified that after Law did move out of the street, Meyers pulled up, and shot the teen in the chest with a 22 caliber revolver that was small enough to hide in the palm of his hand.

In opening arguments, Meyers attorney told jurors his client fired in self defense when Law motioned like he had a weapon.

The jury was shown a picture that captured Law striking a similar pose.

"He claims that he acted in self defense," says Meyers' lawyer Daniel Connor. "That this kid reached under a black t-shirt and acted as if he had a gun. At that point in time, my client feared for his life & for the life of the passengers in the vehicle."

"It's a bunch of B.S. That's what I think," declared Laws' mother, who discounts the picture as modern day child's play.

"Tykeem is a good kid. He's never been been in trouble before. Never."

The front seat passenger testified Law did not make any threatening gesture. The passenger says he turned to thank Law for moving aside, when Meyers reached across and fired the gun just inches from his ear. Meyers' mother declined comment.

The trial should last about a week. The teen cousins who were with Tykeem when he was killed will be called to testify. Charles Meyers is expected to take the witness stand in his own defense.

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