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Wells murder trial will continue Monday

Posted at: 03/16/2013 10:14 AM
Updated at: 03/16/2013 10:47 AM
By: Beth Wurtmann

The man accused of killing Schenectady High School basketball star, Eddie Stanley, was back on the stand in his murder trial, today.

32 year old James Wells testified that he split his time between Brooklyn and Schenectady to deal heroin and crack. And had easy access to illegal guns, including the one he brought to a party the night Eddie Stanley was killed.

In his second day on the stand, Wells told the jury that an argument broke out at that party on Bridge Street in Schenectady, over missing car keys. In those chaotic moments, he says the lights went out and gunfire rang out, but Wells says he wasn't the triggerman.

"He testified after the first shot he pulled the .357 gun, which was not the murder weapon. The murder weapon was a .44," says defense attorney Cheryl Coleman.  

Prosecutors say wells did fire multiple shots, killing the 15 year old Schenectady High School student who was a rising basketball star. Stanley's father, known as Big Eddie, says the testimony has been hard to take.

“He's taking the stand because he's fighting for his freedom. So at the end of the day, of course he's going to take the stand,” he says.

Well's says he only pulled out a gun for protection, and that another man fired the fatal shots.

“This guy came out with a gun and told people to off the porch or he was going to shoot them. At least one witness we called identified him as the shooter,” says Coleman.

I don't want to keep coming here everyday and keep facing this man, knowing that this killer is still in front of my face," says Big Eddie.

After five weeks of testimony the trial continues on Monday.