Defendant testifies in Playstation shooting trial

April 13, 2009 8:23:30 PM PDT
The man accused of killing one person and trying to kill three others testified Monday he was only defending himself. 21 year old Jonquel Brooks took the witness stand to tell his side of the story in a shooting over a video gaming system near Fresno State. 19 year old Brant Daniels died in the May 2007 shooting.Brooks pounded his hand to his fist on the witness stand, demonstrating why he felt threatened when Daniels and three others showed up at his University Village Apartment, demanding a Sony Playstation. "At first I just thought they were coming over but it got heated too quickly so I knew it was something more," said Brooks.

Brooks claims the group of four men forced their way into his home and he grabbed a gun after one of them pushed him. His attorney told the jury Brooks demanded the group of guys leave four times. On the witness stand, Brooks said he didn't intend to kill anyone; he just wanted them to leave.

19 year old Daniels was shot and died a short time later. Now, Brooks stands accused of his murder and the attempted murder of the three others. The 2007 shooting shut down parts of the Fresno State Campus and Brooks claims he didn't even have the video game console that led to the confrontation. During opening statements Monday afternoon, his defense attorney called it a case of justifiable homicide because brooks feared losing his eyesight or his life because of injuries he suffered back in 2004. "He was in a situation where he was outnumbered, outweighed, he tried everything but they still wouldn't leave. He tried everything but they still wouldn't leave and he didn't want to end up in the hospital again," said defense attorney Jane Boulger.

But prosecutors claim this is not a case about self defense. Out of everyone at the apartment that night, brooks was the only one armed with any kind of weapon. He'll be back on the stand Tuesday.

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