Work in Sports
'Just a kicking motion'
Anderson claims to have seen Lewis kicking man
Posted: Friday May 26, 2000 10:53 PM
By Nick Charles, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- The prosecution may have gained some badly needed momentum through a curious witness.
Chester Anderson, a felon convicted of credit fraud and forgery who has gone by many names, including those of his friend, former NFL running back Byron "Bam" Morris, testified Friday that he saw Ray Lewis assault one of the victims.
Anderson stood in front of a diagram of the crime scene and was questioned by Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Clint Rucker.
Rucker: "Where is it that you saw Ray Lewis in a kicking motion?"
Anderson: (using a pointer to show the location on the illustration) "On the side of the sidewalk right next to the limousine."
Then, with a mannequin placed on the floor to resemble the body of one of the victims, Anderson was asked to explain what he saw.
"Just a kicking motion," he said as he kicked the mannequin twice in the side with his right foot. "Like that."
In cross-examination by the defense, Lewis' lead attorney Ed Garland zeroed in on Anderson's criminal background.
Garland: "Fact -- you have a pattern of presenting yourself as a false persona, don't you?"
Garland: "You have engaged in I believe what you would call 'scheming' haven't you?"
Garland: "And you really don't understand why you're always scheming, do you?"
Anderson: "Yes, I understand."
Garland: "And why are you always scheming?"
Anderson: "To get something for nothing."
With Anderson still on the stand, it was the prosecution's turn to question their witness.
Rucker: "Mr. Anderson, did you come forward and report what you saw to us?"
Anderson: "No, I didn't come forward."
Rucker: "How is it that you were contacted by us?"
Anderson: "I just got a call in Cobb County jail. Visit. I didn't have to be here."
Rucker: "Have you asked us for anything?"
Rucker: "Have we promised you anything?"
District attorney Paul Howard told CNNSI.com afterward about using Chester Anderson as a witness. "Sure he had some baggage," Howard said. "But he was believable."
Meanwhile, Don Samuel, an attorney for Lewis said, "If Chester Anderson told me it was pouring outside, I wouldn't even take an umbrella."
The prosecution team told CNNSI.com that when the trial resumes next week, they will finish with witness testimony and then call on forensic experts and physical evidence to paint the blood trail they promised.