Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Murder defendant alleges sexual assault before fatal shooting

NEW PORT RICHEY — Marcus Wilson woke up in the darkness of Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to his friend Christopher Martin performing a sex act on him.

Despite prosecutors' assertion that the two had maintained an intimate relationship in the past, Wilson said the act shocked and angered him. He attacked.

"I kicked him. I used my left foot to his right shoulder and I knocked him off balance," Wilson said in court Wednesday. "He tripped over his own legs and fell."

Wilson said Martin, 30, went for a gun on his hip in a holster.

There was another gun next to Wilson on the picnic bench.

"I raised my arm and fired," Wilson said, in tears. "I couldn't see after the explosion."

"What did you do next?" his attorney Don Hendry asked.

"I waited with the gun over my heart," he said, pointing his finger out like a pistol on his chest. "I didn't know, I didn't know if I hit him. I realized he was dead when my vision came back. "

Wilson, 20, took the stand in his own defense on the second day of his first-degree murder trial. He faces life in prison if convicted. After the shooting, on May 13, 2012, he covered Martin's body with a sleeping bag. He took the guns, $40 and Martin's white Dodge SUV. Deputies found the vehicel later at Wilson's residence at 15759 Avalon Ave., Apt. A, in Clearwater, along with Martin's possessions.

The two had met months earlier, Wilson said, as he walked home from his job at Panda Express in Clearwater. Martin, a cab driver, went from the "right lane all the way to left lane and pulled into parking lot across the street" to give Wilson a ride home. Wilson said the relationship was friendly, but only platonic. He said Martin was training him for a job, so they spent lots of time together. Wilson said on the eve of the camping trip, Martin "blew up his phone" so they could spend Martin's birthday together.

One of Martin's roommates testified that Wilson spent the night a lot. Another said he saw the pair come out of the shower together.

Prosecutor Chris Sprowls asked Wilson about the true nature of the pair's relationship.

"Isn't it a fact that you and Mr. Martin were more than friends at times?" Sprowls asked.

"What is that supposed to mean?" Wilson said.

"That you were intimate," Sprowls said. "Did you ever spend the night?"

"No," Wilson said.

The trial is expected to conclude today.

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