Two juveniles testified Tuesday that San Ysidro Excessive Faculty basketball star Mikey Williams threatened them at his Jamul house moments earlier than a automotive they have been using in was struck by gunfire.
The testimony got here within the preliminary listening to for Williams, who’s charged with assault with a firearm and capturing at an occupied automobile stemming from the March 27 capturing.
The 19-year-old defendant, whose actual identify is Michael Anthony Williams, was dedicated to play on the College of Memphis, however the faculty’s athletic division just lately said that whereas Williams is enrolled in on-line lessons and is on the group roster, “he won’t have entry to team-related amenities or actions till his pending authorized course of in California is full.”
In line with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division, gunfire erupted simply earlier than midnight following an argument “about friends in the home being requested to depart.”
As a Tesla occupied by six individuals drove away, it was struck by gunfire, prosecutors say. Nonetheless, nobody contained in the automotive was hit.
The automotive sustained two photographs to the trunk and not less than one to the again windshield, in response to testimony.
Of the three witnesses who testified Tuesday morning, none said they really noticed Williams open fireplace on the automobile.
Nonetheless, two of the underage witnesses mentioned Williams was indignant and threatened the individuals who confirmed up at his home.
One woman testified Williams instructed the group, “We higher get to stepping otherwise you’ll depart with bullet holes.”
One other woman testified Williams mentioned, “We’re up within the mountains so nobody will be capable of save us or assist us.”
Tuesday morning’s witnesses additionally testified that nobody within the group who arrived at Williams’ home was armed or made any threats towards him.
Nonetheless, one of many ladies who testified appeared to retract a part of her prior statements to police. Whereas she beforehand instructed investigators that Williams shot on the automotive, she was reluctant on the witness stand to say she noticed Williams ever wielding a gun and mentioned she felt “pressured” by police after they spoke to her in regards to the incident.
Govani Salaiz, who drove the group to Williams’ house, mentioned he stayed in his automotive, however heard a loud argument coming from the home. Sooner or later, he regarded again towards the home and noticed Williams holding what he believed was a gun.
Williams stays out of custody on $50,000 bail. Tuesday’s preliminary listening to was to renew within the afternoon.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.