MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Testimony in the trial of a 24-year-old man who is accused of acting as “a lookout” during a 2021 mass shooting continued on Tuesday in Miami-Dade County court.
Detective Alexandra Turnes, one of the prosecution’s witnesses, said the suspects arrived in a black Nissan Altima, a white Nissan Path Finder, and a black Cadillac XT5.
“I wasn’t shooting; I don’t know who was shooting,” Davonte Barnes, then 22, said during a police interrogation, according to a video the prosecution played to the jury in open court.
Barnes — who is not accused of shooting at the victims — was “the eyes of the operation,” according to Assistant State Attorney Kioceaia Stenso. Barnes is the only suspect prosecuted in the case.
Other detectives who studied the evidence at the crime scene and from the victims’ bodies testified there were nine different firearms involved including a GLOCK Gen5 pistol.
Turnes said recording the interrogation with Barnes required six DVDs with two hours of video each, but the first had “an issue” with the audio. She said it was “distorted,” and she “freaked” out after several attempts to burn other DVDs.
“Honestly, I wanted to cry. It’s very crucial,” Turnes said about the evidence in Barnes’s case.
Attorney Robert Barrar, who is defending Barnes, said during his opening statement that the detectives’ interrogation was about eight hours long, and Barnes “said what they wanted him to say.”
Detectives arrested Barnes after he confessed on Sept. 23, 2021, and prosecutors charged him with three counts of first-degree murder and 20 counts of first-degree attempted murder, records show.
Barnes was in the custody of the Miami-Dade County Pre-Trial Detention Center. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez was presiding over the case.
If convicted, Barnes faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. Tinkler Mendez announced a death penalty waiver before the trial started.
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