March 2, 2020
Imagine taking your three-year-old to a house filled with drug-dealing blacks.
The boy’s mom should be on trial too.
Another week of testimony in the double-homicide case against Mario Wilson continues on Monday.
The state has presented evidence for two weeks and will continue next week before the defense has its turn. Jurors heard evidence about the 20 bullets fired during an incident on Oct. 27, 2016, that resulted in a young woman and toddler’s death.
Wilson, 30, is accused of firing the fatal shots at a residence in the 600 block of Whisnant Street in Shelby that took the lives of Liam Murray, 3, and Miranda Woods, 22. He is accused of attempting to rob Jerroid “JJ” Shippy of more than a pound of marijuana, which resulted in the two deaths and Shippy being paralyzed from the waist down.
Wilson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Testimony this week painted a night of drinking and drugs that led to outbreak of violence.
Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Sally Kirby-Turner brought Aubre Sucato, who is also charged in their deaths, to testify for nearly three days. Sucato said from the witness stand that there was a plot to take more than a pound of marijuana from Jerroid “JJ” Shippy who was in a relationship with Woods.
The day before the shooting, Shippy had been at Stevie Murray’s home on Whisnant Street weighing a pound of marijuana, Shippy testified on Monday. Sucato, Stevie Murray, Morris Antonio Abraham and Woods were all at the home when Shippy was weighing the drugs, according to testimony.
Wilson was allegedly brought into the mix by his brother, Abraham.
Leading up to the shooting, Sucato received three calls from Abraham about wanting to rob Shippy, she said on the stand. According to Sucato, Abraham was told “nothing would happen because Stevie’s kids were there.”
That was around 7 a.m. Soon after shots rang out.
Shippy was asleep in the living room when he woke up. He only got one shot off before the room was riddled with bullets, according to testimony. Liam was in between Shippy and the shooter, sleeping on the floor.