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Murder suspect's friends testify

Friends of murder suspect Randy Hall, 20, testified against him Friday regarding the May 16, 2010, shootings of three Texas men after an event at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City.
BY TIM WILLERT Published: October 8, 2011

They were good friends who were partying the night shots rang out in a convenience store parking lot.

Garfield Doakes III, 19, Randy Hall, 20, and Aaron Robinson, 21, had been close since their days at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

They got dressed up and met at Hall's apartment before heading to a graduation party at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center in Hall's black Chevy Cobalt.

After the party came a verbal altercation with the occupants of a silver Chevrolet Impala after their cars nearly collided while trying to leave the events center.

A few minutes later, both cars pulled into the Circle K lot and things turned deadly.

Now the three men are on opposite sides of an Oklahoma County District courtroom.

Hall went on trial this week for murder, and Robinson and Doakes testified against him, acknowledging their reluctance to do so. Both men told a jury Hall got out of the car with a rifle and fired at the Impala, along with two other defendants who will be tried separately.

“Who else did you get the impression was firing a gun that night?” a prosecutor asked Robinson on Thursday.

“Randy,” he said. “…When he got out the noises got extra loud.”

Hall, 20, the son of an Oklahoma City police officer by the same name, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 16, 2010, shooting death of Edward Yearby, 25, of DeSoto, Texas. Wounded in the incident were Brenton Williams, 26, of Ennis, Texas, and Justin Reed, 25, of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Also charged with murder are Corey Nelson, 19, a passenger in Hall's car, and Spence Nelson, 20. All three defendants are facing four counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Doakes and Robinson also testified that Corey Nelson got out of the car and fired a handgun in the direction of the Impala along with Spence Nelson, who was not a passenger in the Cobalt.

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