Miami police officer's mother testifies in trial of son's accused killer
Lucille Patrick says son's girlfriend lied to her about pregnancy
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The mother of a Miami police officer who was allegedly gunned down by girlfriend in 2014 testified Thursday in the woman's murder trial.
Tiniko Thompson is accused of shooting Officer Carl Patrick in May 2014 inside his Pembroke Pines home.
"I really felt like God made peace with my son. He was a good son," Lucille Patrick, 88, said through tears.
Patrick's anger and emotion was still fresh toward Thompson.
The 48-year old woman was Carl Patrick's live-in girlfriend when police said she shot and killed the off-duty officer while he was still in his uniform.
Investigators said Thompson fled the scene without calling for help and claim she even took his cellphone to make sure that he couldn’t call anyone.
"If they don't bleed a lot, I believe it's a survivable wound, yes," forensic pathologist Rebecca MacDougall testified.
The forensic pathologist assigned to the case demonstrated in court how the evidence showed that Patrick was on the floor in his bedroom when he was shot with his own weapon.
"So was the shooter over the victim?" the prosecutor asked.
"The gun was over the person at the time of the gunshot," MacDougall said.
Thompson's attorneys claim Thompson was the victim of abuse and fought back in self-defense.
They point to bruises on her face and body following the incident, but prosecutors maintain that Thompson used Patrick, maxing out his credit cards and deceiving his family by pulling off a fake pregnancy.
"She said, 'Ms. Patrick, come and feel this, come feel this, the baby is jumping.' And I touch her stomach and I say, 'I don't feel nothing,'" Lucille Patrick said.
The trial will resume Friday morning, when Thompson is expected to testify.
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