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Nurse says she comforted dying man

Nurse and grandmother Carolyn Witherspoon tells Clayton County jurors about comforting and tending to Corey Liverpool as he lay dying on the ground in August 2012. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

Nurse and grandmother Carolyn Witherspoon tells Clayton County jurors about comforting and tending to Corey Liverpool as he lay dying on the ground in August 2012. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

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At left, defense attorney Derek Wright listens to testimony with defendant Dallas Jarvis Beck Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

JONESBORO — Carolyn Witherspoon reacted as a nurse and a grandmother when she comforted a shooting victim who lay dying on the ground at the apartment complex where she lived.

Witherspoon testified Tuesday in the trial of Dallas Jarvis Beck. Beck, 24, is charged with murder and other felonies in the Aug. 26, 2012, death of Corey Rashad Liverpool.

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Nurse and grandmother Carolyn Witherspoon tells Clayton County jurors about comforting and tending to Corey Liverpool as he lay dying on the ground in August 2012. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

The veteran nurse said she was in her upstairs bedroom doing schoolwork online when her grandchildren ran in from outside to report a man had been shot.

“He was still conscious so I turned so I could examine where he’d been shot,” she said. “I wanted to see where the blood was coming from. I asked for a towel and wiped the blood from his face.”

Witherspoon also sent her son back inside to get her medical kit.

“He had been shot in his right eye,” she said. “I cleaned his nose so he could breathe better. I talked to him, tried to make him comfortable. I was trying to keep him from going into shock.”

Witherspoon said she reached for his hand and was encouraged when he seemed to respond.

“He was holding my hand back,” she said. “I comforted him until the ambulance got there and tried to let them know he was probably going into shock.”

After Liverpool was taken away, Witherspoon said she threw away the towels in a dumpster and went back to her apartment. She testified she had never seen him before.

Previous witnesses testified that Beck’s girlfriend, Lakeya Kashann Burroughs, 24, exchanged words with Liverpool and she spit in his face. Liverpool allegedly stepped toward her but did not hit her, said witnesses.

Beck reacted by standing up and pointing a gun at Liverpool, witnesses testified.

“Don’t you know I’ll shoot you?” Beck reportedly said to Liverpool. Before Liverpool could respond, Beck allegedly shot him in the eye.

Police said Beck fled the scene was captured in Jonesboro two days later.

Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Powers rested the state’s case Tuesday at 5:25 p.m. Defense attorney Derek Wright told Superior Court Judge Albert Collier he expected to call three witnesses. Court was due to resume at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.