BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A key witness takes the stand in the trial of a man accused of a hit-and-run that left two Baltimore girls—best friends—dead.
Derek Valcourt has the latest developments from the courtroom.
Kendra Myles, 27, took the stand as the state’s star witness. She’s pointing the finger at her then boyfriend, defendant Reuben Dunn, as the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed 16- year-old Courtney Angeles and her 17-year-old friend Emerald Smith as they crossed Martin Luther King Boulevard on June 13, leaving the girls’ families devastated.
“I’m going to let the justice system do what they need to do and hopefully justice will prevail,” said Pamela Mendell-Morales, victim’s mother.
Myles was in the car that night and testified that after the accident Dunn briefly stopped the car and kept saying, “Oh my God. I’m going to jail.”
She also told the jury that after the accident she panicked, switched seats with Dunn and lied to police saying she was the one driving–all to protect the father of her children.
Should the jury believe Myles?
“Absolutely not,” said James Rhodes, defense attorney.
Dunn’s defense attorney says Myles really was driving that night and she’s lying to the jury to save herself. She cut a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time in exchange for her testimony.
“The issue with Ms. Myles really is the fact that she gave several times on the night of the incident at the scene, a version of events that says she was the driver, then she goes and talks to another officer saying she was the driver. Then she signs a document that says she was the driver,” Rhodes said.
This is a quick trial. The jury only has one more witness, the medical examiner, and then it’s on to closing arguments. The jury could begin deliberations as early as Friday afternoon.
Dunn faces multiple criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. He faces the possibility of up to 30 years in prison.