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Lamin Johnson
April 22, 2014
Law
Opening Statement

Your honor, opposing counsel, my name is Lamin Johnson, the prosecutor representing the state of Illinois. Larry Mabry stole Gary Roper’s watch, and then Gary Roper went back to the Sharks’ clubhouse and told the rest of the boys around 2:00 PM on October 11th, 2013 and he tried to get the rest of his gang members riled up, his exact words were “Let’s go get Mabry, he stole my wrist watch, we should go mess him up real good.” Roper knew that Dennis Moran was carrying a gun that day because when they were in the clubhouse Dennis Moran showed them the gun, Gary Roper even “ooed and aahed” about it. Dennis Moran also stated “Let’s go teach those Jets a lesson” and he kept on repeating those words over and over again, which shows that shooting the victim Larry Mabry was premeditated. Three hours later they went out to go look for Larry Mabry they saw the Jets at the corner of 27th and Miller and then the conflict erupted. Everybody started yelling and screaming at each other. Before too long the Jets were chasing the Sharks. Three gunshots were fired during the chase. While the Sharks were running, Dennis Moran pulled out the gun turned around and shot Larry Mabry twice in the chest and abdomen, let it show that Dennis Moran was not running away, if he had enough time to shoot that accurately. Let it show that Dennis Moran stated that he saw Larry Mabry with an alleged gun and claimed to have “run like crazy” to get out of there. However Dennis Moran did not see the alleged gun that Larry Mabry had because Dennis Moran did not have time to pull this alleged gun out, he only reached for his pocket and that’s when Dennis Moran shot Larry Mabry twice. Later that night Officer O’Toole arrested Dennis Moran and Larry Mabry. “In this problem, Gary Roper and Dennis Moran are accused if murder in the shooting death of Larry Mabry. Dennis Moran claims self-defense and Gary Roper will argue against accountability...
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