Testimony continued Thursday in the murder trial of two men accused of killing a cabdriver during a 2012 Lake Worth robbery.
Both Christian Eberhardt and Javon Brown have been outfitted with special electrically-wired garments since jury selection in the case began Monday out of fears of a possible escape attempt.
On Wednesday, the first day of the trial, Masden Paul’s daughter and two cousins hed back tears as prosecutors showed jurors pictures of the 48-year-old Yellow Cab driver’s bloodied van.
Earlier, as Eberhardt and Brown looked on silently, Assistant State Attorney Takisha Richardson told jurors in opening statements that they were the men responsible for Paul’s bloodshed — a gunshot wound to the head that killed him three days after he allegedly picked up the men for what would be his last fare.
“He was doing his work, picking people up and taking them to their desired destination,” Richardson said of Paul, 48. “But these defendants had a different plan.”
That plan, prosecutors said, was to rob the Yellow Cab driver in May 2012 after they forced him to drive to 10920 50th Street, just off State Road 7 in suburban Lake Worth.
Eberhardt’s attorney Robert Gershman, said authorities never found a murder weapon after the western Lake Worth shooting, and found no gunshot residue on his hands. Brown’s attorney, Christopher Haddad, attacked witness identifications of the two men as faulty.
Richardson, however, told jurors that they would hear an incriminating conversation between
It was Brown, Richardson said, who told Eberhart that investigators were saying that they didn’t know whether the badly wounded Paul would survive the attack. If he died, Richardson quoted Brown as saying that he and Eberhart would be “straight” if Paul died.
Paul survived for three days after the shooting but eventually died of his injuries.