Lymon’s federal trial: Teen who allegedly witnessed murder takes stand

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Accused cop killer Davon Lymon’s federal trial wrapped up on Tuesday. 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.

A key witness for federal prosecutors took the stand Tuesday morning: the teen, who police have said, was on the back of the motorcycle Officer Webster pulled over the night he was gunned down.

Savannah Garcia told the judge what happened last October.

Garcia, 18, lives at Camino Nuevo, a juvenile detention center in Albuquerque. She referred to Lemon, 35, as “Tigger” and placed him in the Walgreens parking lot that night. She told the judge Lymon’s the person who pulled the trigger.

Garcia admitted to being on the back of the motorcycle with Lymon when Officer Webster pulled them over.

She said, at the time, she had warrants for her arrest but that Lymon told her to “stay cool.” Garcia said Lymon asked her to “stash” drugs in her bra as they pulled into the parking lot.

She told the judge that she was high on heroin that night.

Federal prosecutors re-played a clip from Officer Webster’s lapel video from the traffic stop for her in court.

The video shows an officer exit his patrol car with his gun drawn, yelling at the two people on the bike to show him their hands. The driver of the motorcycle has a helmet on.

Garcia told the judge that Officer Webster was able to get one handcuff on Lymon, but that Lymon kept fumbling in his pockets before he pulled out a gun and shot the officer.

“Tigger shot the officer in the neck,” she said.

The Defense accused Garcia of being a liar, saying she told detectives days after the shooting that she was never there. She said she did that because she was scared “he (Lymon) would find out I said something and I know he knows a lot of big people.”

Tuesday, an APD DNA Forensics expert also took the stand and testified that a DNA mixture of at least four individuals were found on the gun. The defense argued DNA does not answer the question of “when” the DNA is placed on a particular item.

An APD Detective testified about finding an empty gun box inside a trunk in Lymon’s bedroom closet. Prosecutors linked it back to the Taurus Pistol used in the murder.

Lymon faces 10 years if convicted of being a felon with a handgun. It’s not clear when the judge will come back with a ruling.

He still hasn’t been charged with the murder.

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