Dennis Bendy is on trial for murder for shooting and killing a young mother during a shootout between rival gangs at the park last summer.
Prosecutors gave that witness testimonial immunity before he took the stand. None of Stephan Whitemon's testimony from today can be used against him under that testimonial immunity. However, that doesn't mean he can't still be prosecuted for tampering with evidence for hiding that gun.
Whitemon told jurors after the shooting, one of Bendy's co-defendants brought a Ruger SR9 to his home and told him to “get rid of it.” Whitemon testified he took that pistol to his backyard and covered it with dirt to hide it. He also told jurors he was the person who supplied Bendy and his co-defendant Rakheem Goldstein with an AK-47 before the shooting.
Whitemon testified Bendy came to his house in a white Hyundai Elantra to pick up that gun. On cross examination, Bendy's defense attorney called Whitemon's credibility into question. He asked Whitemon why he had never mentioned the AK-47 when he was interviewed by police, even though he knew it was a critical piece of evidence in the case.
Bendy's defense attorney suggested Whitemon made up the story about Bendy picking up that AK-47 from him in order to get immunity.
Dennis Bendy's murder trial will begin again on Monday.
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