Eyewitnesses shared their stories in court Tuesday, resuming Monday’s testimony in a Texas case where a man allegedly beat and killed two men.
Harris county resident Tariq Lackings, 32, faces life in prison following an April 2016 incident in which he allegedly shot transgender 34-year-old Shante Isaac and stabbed 33-year-old Willie Sims to death, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Witnesses alleged in court Monday that Lackings pulled out a gun and fired at Isaac, instead shooting Sims who was trying to pull Isaac out of harm’s way.
There were roughly a dozen attackers with Lackings, according to witnesses. After the initial shot, Lackings and his cohort attacked both Isaac and Sims, beating them with metal pipes, witnesses claim.
Isaac was born a biological male and formerly went by Robert Isaac.
Authorities pronounced Isaac and Sims dead at 11:15 p.m. April 10, 2016.
Prosecutors originally charged Lackings for the deaths of both Isaac and Sims, but Lackings now faces charges only for Isaac’s murder. Houston attorney Paul Morgan is defending alleged killer Lackings. (RELATED: Transgender Person Who Strangled His Friend To Death And Left Him In A Bathtub Gets 18 Years In Prison)
The jury for the case was selected Friday and several witnesses testified Monday, according to the Chronicle. Witnesses will continue giving their testimony in District Judge Reagan Clark’s court.
Lackings is being held on a $250,000 bail at Harris County jail.
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