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Witness testifies she saw North Greenwood shooting

LARGO — Marie Marry remembers vividly what happened on Oct. 8, 2007. She was getting her belongings out of her minivan when she saw Gaylord Shaw, wearing all black, come through her back yard. A short time later, Marry said, she heard a popping sound. When she turned to look, she said it was Shaw shooting into a car driven by Michael Scott.

"Michael said, 'I'm hit,' " Marry testified Tuesday afternoon through tears. "Antonio (Scott) said 'Drive faster.' That's when they hit that big silver pole. … Antonio was lying on the ground facedown and I had to turn him over. I pulled dirt out of Antonio's mouth. I ran around the other side to where Michael was and he was gone."

On Tuesday, Shaw faced a jury in the 2007 North Greenwood shooting that resulted in Michael Scott's death and his brother Antonio being seriously injured.

He was charged with second-degree murder and shooting at, within, or into a vehicle. If found guilty, Shaw, 21, could spend the remainder of his life in prison.

One of Shaw's attorneys, M. Jennifer Arena, questioned Marry's credibility by pointing out her 12 felonies and other charges. Marry admits to the charges but didn't back down from her testimony. After leaving the witness stand, Marry sat in the hallway and cried.

"I have not slept since this happened," Marry said. "I have nightmares and they give me Valium just so I can sleep. You can't just take a person's life. Now, the weight is off my shoulders."

Shaw is the second person to face murder charges in the death of Michael Scott, 23, and the shooting of his brother Antonio.

In August, Allan Burney was convicted of second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder in the second degree and shooting at, within, or into a vehicle. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Burney, 21, is the co-creator of the DVD series dubbed Da Hood Gone Wild, which is a montage of street brawls, drug deals, naked girls and cars cruising in the North Greenwood neighborhood of Clearwater. The DVD shows drug dealers, users and police mixing it up in graphic and arresting ways and portrays the city of Clearwater in an unflattering light.

"It's very depressing, very hard going through it again. I just want it to go ahead and be over," said Terria Moore, the mother of the Scott brothers. "After two years, it's been very hard and I'm ready for it to rest. I'm ready for it to be over. I will be able to put it behind if I can get a guilty verdict on this. It will be behind me."

Tuesday, Shaw sat beside his two attorneys dressed in blue pants and a plaid shirt. His hair was cut close.

But on Oct. 8, 2007, the state contends that Shaw was wielding a gun. They say that about 12:45 p.m. at N Betty Lane and Springdale Street, Shaw and Burney started shooting after they had gotten into a fight at the convenience store with another group that included the Scotts.

But Shaw's attorney told the jury of five women and two men that there are so many varying stories, no one really knows what happened that afternoon. And in the absence of a consistent narrative, Shaw should be spared life in prison.

Testimony continues at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the courthouse in Largo. The trial is expected to last three days.

Witness testifies she saw North Greenwood shooting 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:04pm]
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