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Party preceded fatal shooting, woman testifies

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

She saw Travis Scott on the kitchen floor of a College Park apartment, bleeding and struggling to breathe, his gargling gasps sounding like snores.

"I got down on the ground where he was at," said Brishitue Glass, the 20-year-old who was dating Scott when he was killed last September. "I just held him and prayed over him. I prayed until the police came. I was still holding him when the ambulance got there."

Glass, a thin young woman wearing a long, black-and-white print dress, was the second witness on Tuesday in the murder trial of 21-year-old Jonathan Lavonta Slack, the man accused of killing Scott "for no reason."

She also told the jury of five men and eight women that Scott died at about 6 a.m. She didn't see the shooting, but had been up all night with the men and boys in the 5420 Riverdale Road apartment, and told the jury a party proceeded the shooting.

When she got to the apartment at about 11 p.m., Glass said, there were "a lot of boys there," about 15 of them, many affiliated with the Hit Squad, an area gang. Many were known just by street names, according to Glass and Valerie Robinson, the woman who lived in the apartment and dated Slack. That night, there were men and boys with such street names as "Red," "Psycho Rick," "Frog," "John-John," "Don P.," "Cannon," "K.K.," and "Mokey."

"We were just sitting there and talking, listening to the radio," Glass said. "We were drinking and playing cards and listening to the music."

Glass said she drove more people to get beer, and then, about 45 minutes later, drove them to get more beer. After about another 45 minutes of drinking, Glass said, they "left to go get some green."

"Some what?" asked Dawn Belisel-Skinner, the assistant district attorney.

"Some 'green.'"

"What's that?"

"That's marijuana," Glass said.

The rest of the night, according to the 20-year-old female, was spent smoking marijuana, listening to music, "popping pills" and playing cards. She and Robinson, Glass' aunt, ran another errand at about 5:40 a.m., and when they returned, Glass testified, "Red" reportedly ran out of the apartment, jumped in the car with Robinson and Glass and told them to leave quickly.

"He said, 'Go go go go go! Pull off,'" Glass testified. "I said, 'What's going on?' He said, 'Bro dead, bro dead, bro dead.' I said, 'Who's dead,' and he said, 'Travis.'"

Steve Frey, the attorney representing Slack, asked Glass and Robinson about "Red," who fled from the scene, and has never been identified by police.

"Red" was the first person to point at Slack as the suspect in the shooting, reportedly saying "that [racial epithet] went crazy and shot us for no reason," as he fled the scene.

Police said witnesses told them Slack was playing Spades with Scott, told Scott not to get up, and then followed him into the kitchen, shot him, walked out, shot Red, and left as if "nothing happened."

Frey also asked the two women who testified Tuesday afternoon who they had seen in the apartment with guns. One of the alleged gang members had a TEC-9, Robinson testified, a semi-automatic pistol with a long clip to carry up to 50 rounds. She said she saw other guns as well, that night.

Neither Glass nor Robinson said they saw Slack with a gun, though.

Slack is charged with murder, felony murder, and multiple weapons charges. He faces the possible maximum sentence of life in prison. The trial is set to continue Wednesday.