ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Accused cop killer Davon Lymon’s federal trial started Monday. He’s not standing trial yet for Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster’s death but for being a felon with a gun, the same gun he’s accused of using to kill the officer.
On the first day of the trial, prosecutors showed a short clip from Officer Webster’s camera from the traffic stop a year ago. The body camera shows the moments right before and after he was shot. Prosecutors are using the video to try and show it was Lymon who pulled the trigger.
From the lapel video, a motorcycle is seen pulling into the parking lot of the Walgreens on the corner of Central and Eubank. In the video, the officer asks the driver to stay on the bike and “lean forward and put your hand on your head.”
He tells the driver that six more officers are on the way and, after a brief struggle, gunshots ring out.
Lymon is accused of shooting and killing Officer Webster after investigators say he pulled Lymon over because his plates didn’t match the motorcycle he was on.
According to investigators, there was also a teenage girl with Lymon on the back of the motorcycle who fled the scene. Police say Officer Webster was able to get one handcuff on Lymon’s left wrist before Lymon pulled out a gun and shot him.
A security guard who was working at Walgreens that night testified he was outside when the shooting happened and remembers seeing a struggle between the officer and the driver of the motorcycle.
He told the judge he saw “a gun in the suspect’s hand” before it was tossed and before the driver took off running.
Witnesses on Monday said support in the air pointed officers on the ground to the yard of an empty home down the street from the crime scene.
From there, a K-9 handler testified his dog found Lymon under a covered patio, which was full of debris, wood and boxes.
Police say he had a handcuff on his left wrist, and they used another one to arrest Lymon.
Prosecutors showed in court what they said were those handcuffs, the gun and bullets, which an expert said came from that gun.
A former State Police agent said he found the gun in a field between the Walgreens and the home where Lymon was arrested.
The defense asked questions to suggest some of the investigators were biased.
Lymon leaned back in his chair, sitting quietly on Monday although in the past, he’s denied any involvement rather bluntly.
“I don’t know what the f*** you’re talking about,” he said when asked about the shooting.
Court documents show that in one instance when he was not being questioned, Lymon told officers, “If you see that person or that cop’s family, tell them I’m so sorry, please.”
He said, “I hope he makes it,” and said he couldn’t remember what happened that night.
If convicted, Lymon faces up to 10 years for being a felon with a gun. Lymon still hasn’t been charged with Webster’s murder.