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Teen shot by Michael Zamora in 2012 takes the stand

Created: 08/05/2014 5:31 PM
By: Tessa Mentus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A lot of what happened Tuesday is typical courtroom strategy with each side trying to discredit the other. However, there seems to be some confusion about why that teenage boy was at Michael Zamora's house in the first place.

He was only 13 when Michael Zamora shot him in the shoulder. The now 15-year-old boy took the stand Tuesday, the defense argued more changed than just his age. Like why he was in Zamora's neighborhood that night in 2012.

Defense Attorney: So which was it? Were you walking Christian and Kayla home or were you going to the park to mess around?  What was it that you decided to leave that house at 3:30, 4:00 in the morning?

Witness: To go to the park.

Defense Attorney: So when you told the grand jury that you were going to walk someone home that wasn't true?

Witness:  It's been two years ago, it's been hard to remember something from 2 years ago, that was a while ago.

The teen testified he saw a van, ran, and eventually hid under a truck at Zamora's house. Zamora claims he thought the teen was trying to break into his truck. The teen says, no way.

However minutes later...

Teen: I see a man coming out with a gun pointing at me.

Defense Attorney: It was pointed at you?

Teen: Yes it is?

Defense Attorney: You sure about that?

Teen: I'm positive.

Defense Attorney: And what does he say?

Teen: He tells me to get on the ground.

After that is when the teen claims Zamora shot him in the shoulder, but was it an accident?

Defense Attorney: Your mom filed a lawsuit on your behalf right?

Teen: Yes

Attorney: And in that lawsuit you allege it was an accident.

Teen: Yes, but that was before he changed his story multiple times, if it was an accident what does he have to hide there is no reason to change his story.

Attorney: Right, right and you're saying he changed his story multiple times.

Teen: Yes

Attorney: And what about your story has that story stayed the same?

Witness: Yes it has.

The teen says he didn't even realize he was shot until later, when Zamora brought him into his home and called police.

The trial continues Wednesday.


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