Audio of a 911 call made on the morning in 2012 when Clement “C.J.” Amos ran to help his neighbors captured anguish and fear in the moments after he was shot to death.
Corlious Dyson’s second-degree murder trial went through a second day of testimony Thursday in Judge Ed Rubin’s 15th District Court, and included the frantic 911 call made by Jadye Lange at 4 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2012.
Testimony resumes Friday morning, with closing statements and deliberations by the six-woman, six-man jury following. If Dyson, 31, is found guilty, his sentence will automatically be life in prison with no chance of parole.
Lange’s time on the witness stand Thursday included a few emotional minutes, during which Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Simon played the 911 recording.
“He’s shooting outside my house. Please send someone,” Lange said on the recording. “He shot him.”
“Who did he shoot?” the 911 officer asked.
“The man who came to help,” Lange said.
Lange was 22 and six months pregnant when she called Amos’ wife, Kelli, only minutes before the shooting. The Amoses had earlier told the women in the apartments to call them if the stranger, who over the previous nights had frightened them, appeared again at the four units at 126 Hummingbird Lane in Lafayette Parish. The Amoses lived across the street.
After calling Kelli Amos for her husband’s help, Clement Amos ran over to help. He was killed after being shot multiple times.
“I’m so scared. I don’t know what to do,” Lange told 911, then repeated, “Oh, my God” from a whisper to a cry. Outside Lange’s door, another woman unleashed a full-throated wail.
None of the witnesses that morning identified the shooter, telling Lafayette Parish sheriff’s investigators only that it was a black man, medium build, short hair, wearing red shorts, a T-shirt, two loose-fitting plastic gloves and gold front teeth.
Dyson was identified less than two months later by DNA left in the gloves. Acadiana Crime Lab DNA analyst Claire Guidry testified Thursday that the gloves had a mixture of DNA on them, meaning more than one person left their genetic trace on the gloves.
Guidry said that in cases where there’s a mixture, there can be no direct match to a suspect. But, she said, science in cases of mixed DNA allows analysts to “exclude” people, and the procedure used showed the chances of the DNA not belonging to Dyson was 1 in 60 million.
Dyson’s attorney, Chad Ikerd, drilled into the science of DNA analysis and questioned Guidry repeatedly on procedure used at the crime lab and if there was a chance the DNA didn’t belong to Dyson.
Dyson also was chosen out of a photo lineup by Lange and Sandra Harris, who also testified Thursday.
Harris said she made eye contact with the shooter Lange also said she came face to face with the shooter, and that he pointed the gun at her before shooting Amos.
However, both women, who sat in the witness chair less than 20 feet from Dyson, were never asked to identify him in the courtroom Thursday.
The trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. Friday.