Testimony Began in Fresno Murder Trial

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Charles Kendricks has been linked to three murders, but Monday began the trial for only one of those and a brutal robbery involving an elderly man. Charles Henry considers himself lucky to be alive. The 72 year old took the witness stand on Monday about his alleged run in with Charles Kendricks. We were only allowed to record audio during the trial. Henry said, "He had a closed fist and said give me your money. That's all he ever said to me. Then, I hollered around, hey help, help. I'm being robbed."

Henry testified, in December 2004 he walked home from the grocery store in this Southeast Fresno neighborhood when without warning, Henry said, Charles Kendricks assaulted him.

Henry said, "All I knew, I had a blow to the side of the head, right here ... and I went down flat on the sidewalk ... He hit me real hard. I mean I went down fast and just landed flat on the sidewalk."

Kendricks is on trial for robbing Henry and murdering 18-year-old Darnell Small. Investigators also linked him to three other murders. 27-year-old Tiffany Carter was found dead in 2005 in her East Fresno home. Seven years earlier in 1998, Makeba McCoy and Maurice Golden were murdered minutes apart from each other.

Kendricks is accused of committing those crimes, but he will face three separate trials. His attorney claims investigators have the wrong man and rely on witnesses with faulty memories. A police officer Matthew Miller testified that Henry could not recall the suspect's identity. Miller said, "I believe he did mention that he did not recognize the guy and would be able to id him if he saw him."

Kendrick's first trial is expected to last throughout the week.



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