The Wednesday morning session for the second day of Kristian Perdomo’s trial featured bodycam footage of his arrest as well as officers testifying about searching his car shortly after the shooting.
Kim Ruyle, a now-retired Tyler PD officer, testified about pulling over Perdomo the day of the shooting. Less than 30 minutes after their initial report, she saw a car matching the description from witnesses driving past the airport.
She pulled over Perdomo with her rifle drawn and took him into custody. Perdomo was wearing the same outfit that was described by witnesses and the car’s license plate matched as well.
Officers gave a brief search of the car and found a receipt for ammunition of the same type of caliber used in the killing of Bradley Brockman. Police then got a search warrant to do a more thorough inspection.
A crime scene investigator also testified with several photographs from the shopping center. The scene featured images of blood-soaked clothes as well as the personal items of Brockman that were left behind.
The defense team objected to several pieces of evidence, including photographs and personal effects from the scene of the shooting.
Judge Austin Jackson overruled those objections and allowed most of the evidence to be presented to the jury.
The one exception was a panhandling sign that Brockman created. It read, “Please help keep my children dry and warm.” On the back of the sign was a statement about Brockman’s Marine Corps service.
Jackson said that it could cause too much of an emotional bias with the jury. The picture had been seen in bodycam footage, but it was rarely the focus of the video.
Assistant District Attorney Noah Coltman said that the prosecution should rest their case Thursday morning.
Judge Jackson rules the physical sign cannot be shown to the jury due to the message on the back, saying it carries potential for bias.
It appears no one knew it was there. He does say there are photos of it already in evidence so prosecutors can still talk about it. The court is in recess until 1 p.m.
Jackson asks prosecutors why admit the sign when there’s already pictures of it at the scene.
Prosecutors say witnesses have testified he was holding the sign and it adds to that. Defense objects saying it can carry bias talking about children and Christmas.
There’s also a message on the back of the sign about Brockman’s Marine Corps service, which hasn’t been brought up.
Judge Jackson questions about that side of the sign because it can carry emotional bias and that side wasn’t visible during the crime scene.
Judge Jackson calls for lunch break while a piece of evidence was being examined by defense. Appeared to be the panhandling sign by Brockman.
Lawyers are examining it now and jury is instructed to be back by 1 p.m..
Prosecutors running through 65 crime scene photos that were taken by Tarrant.
Jury finally being brought back after a 15-minute break turned into 45 minutes.
Lawyers looked over crime scene photos and defense had objections to certain photos being shown to the jury.
Jackson struck one photo that was of panhandling sign by Brockman. The sign read “Please help keep my children dry and warm.”
The next witness is Jamie Tarrant, an investigator with the Tyler Police Department. He responded to the scene of the shooting.
Judge Jackson calls for a 15-minute break. Investigator Williams is done for now but prosecutors say they will need him later in the trial.
Defense asks Williams about no blood being found on many items of clothing from Perdomo.
Prosecution asks Williams if that’s surprising if the shooter was more than 5 feet away. Williams says no that would not be surprising.
Williams was wearing the wrong type of gloves when he took the GSR test. The defense brings back up bodycam footage when multiple officers were touching Perdomo’s hands at arrest.
The black hoodie that Perdomo was wearing is now shown to the jury. Along with the Kaki pants. Questioning now passed to the defense.
Officer Williams performed the gunshot residue (GSR) test on Perdomo after he was arrested. The actual kit is being shown to the jury.
Testimony for Johnson over. Defense pressed on that police could have waited to do search of car until search warrant was obtained.
Next witness is Greg Williams, a police officer for Tyler. At the time he was a crime scene investigator.
Questioning passed to defense. Johnson talked about finding receipt for ammo in the glove box of Perdomo’s car. He believed he had probable cause to search the vehicle.
Defense confirms that Perdomo pulled over without resisting. He gets Rule to confirm she is not a gunshot residue expert. She cannot remember the last time she had fired her weapon before she pulled over Perdomo. Questioning passed back to the prosecution. They ask one question and then end her testimony.
The next witness is Ethan Johnson, who testified in the hearing this morning without the jury being present.
Bodycam footage Perdomo in same type of car that witnesses described along with the license plate. Also wearing a similar outfit.
Officer Rule arrested him without resistance. They put brown bags over his hand to preserve possible gunshot residue. Questioning of Rule passed to the defense.
Jury being shown bodycam footage of Officer Rule pulling over Perdomo on the highway.
Officer Rule initially pulled over a silver Toyota that was not the car Perdomo was in.
The second stop that was Perdomo was at 4:40 p.m. This was 28 minutes after first report of shots fired.
Jury now brought into the courtroom. The first witness is Officer Kim Rule, who has since left the department. She pulled over Perdomo west of Tyler roughly an hour after the shooting.
Appears Judge Jackson will deny the request to suppress evidence from car search. Says he will look up a couple of recent cases while first witness is testifying to “make sure nothing has changed.”
Prosecutors maintain that officers had probable cause to search the car that led to finding a receipt for ammo which led to a search warrant.
ADA Coltman says license plate matched and description of car matched.
When asked by defense why he searched Perdomo’s car after traffic stop but before warrant was issued, Johnson answers: “I didn’t have any problem searching the entirety of the vehicle… because I believed it was used in the commission of a heinous crime.”
His testimony is over.
Prosecutors call Ethan Johnson, a sergeant with the Tyler Police Department. He arrived to the scene of Kristian Perdomo being pulled over on Highway 64 west of Tyler.
Judge Jackson calls the court to order. The defense is challenging a search of Perdomo’s car after he was pulled over the day of the shooting.
A hearing will be held outside the presence of the jury.
Recap of Day 1
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Tyler man charged with murder from a 2018 shopping center shooting enters the second day of his trial on Wednesday after multiple witnesses testified what they saw more than three years ago.
28-year-old Kristian Perdomo is accused of shooting 45-year-old Bradley Brockman in broad daylight at the Westwood Shopping Center just after 4 p.m. on December 16, 2018.
In their opening statement on Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Noah Coltman said “the evidence will show that Kristian Perdomo is a cold-blooded killer.” He also stated that some of what they will hear “is the worst of humanity.”
The defense team, led by Brett Harrison and Buck Files, decided to not give an opening statement.
Unknown to the jury, law enforcement was adamant when Perdomo was arrested in 2018 that they believed he was the shooter in four other killings within a ten-day span. However, he was never charged with those murders. It remains unclear why the Smith County District Attorney’s Office never pursued charges.
The jury was shown 911 calls and body camera footage of officers who were first on the scene, despite defense objections for hearsay. Officer William Moore, a Tyler Police Department officer at the time, was first on the scene after being flagged down in traffic.
Coltman had actually questioned Brockman about an assault case the day before he was shot. Coltman asked if the assault had anything to do with the shooting. Moore says he doesn’t know. He only responded to the scene.
Multiple witnesses testified about seeing a man in a black hoodie and red bandanna shoot Brockman in the head while in the parking lot. While several described his outfit and getaway car, none were able to get a definitive look at the shooter’s face.