Posted: Feb 4, 2013 2:47 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Feb 4, 2013 6:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- More details behind a deadly dispute are surfacing in the murder trial of Bradley Fikes. Today, jurors heard tearful testimony from Fikes' girlfriend, Laurie Glenn, and new revelations from a neighbor about the tension that lead to shooting that killed Nick Welch in December 2011.
"He pretty much said enough is enough and that was it," Laurie Glenn said in tearful testimony Monday morning, "the shot went off and Nick dropped."
She told jurors about the night her boyfriend, Brad Fikes, now on trial for murder, allegedly shot and killed his brother-in-law, Nick Welch.
She described a tense relationship between the two. Neighbor Danielle Downing described the same. She lived with Welch and her boyfriend in a neighboring trailer.
In surprising testimony, she told jurors that days before the shooting, Fikes threatened Welch. "I don't want to curse," Downing told jurors, "but he said if he steps one foot in my m-f-ing house, I'll shoot the m-f-er."
Fikes' attorneys argued that Downing never told that to police. "So many things, my mind was just racing, going 100 miles a minute," Downing explained about the lack of those details in interviews with police after the shooting. She said she was arrested after the shooting on an unrelated charge, and she was upset at the time.
Downing testified that Fikes lost his job the day he allegedly shot Welch. The two worked at a shop together.
Fikes girlfriend also claims Welch constantly threatened him. "He had started on Brad, you know, how he was a disgrace to the family how could he take something that doesn't belong to him or make him look bad at work," Glenn said through tears Monday.
She told jurors Welch began standing up, threatening Fikes, moments before he allegedly fired his gun. After the shooting, she says she grabbed his sons, the gun and his cell phone and left.
"He was standing at the back of the car, telling his boys goodbye and that last thing he said is 'I love you,'" Glenn said. "Was he still holding the gun," the prosecutor asked, "no," she responded. "Where was the gun," he asked. "I had already taken it," said Downing.
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