From Andy Furillo:
The man who was with Jesse Reiter just before the Woodland resident was shot dead on a Sacramento street testified today that he heard a skirmish and a demand for money before the sound of a shotgun blast sent him into a "panic."
Michael Boyd told a Sacramento Superior Court jury that he and Reiter had gone down to Valley Lark Drive in search of "strippers" after a night of drinking and snorting cocaine.
He said they were seated in his Jeep just before 5 a.m. on March 24, 2007, when they saw a car pull up behind them. He testified that Reiter got out of the Jeep to talk to the people who drove up to arrange the meeting between the strippers and the two men.
Then, Boyd testified, somebody snatched the keys out of the ignition of his car, just seconds before the shooting.
"I was saying, 'This is not good, this is going to end badly,'" Boyd, 33, a former high school teacher, testified under questioning from Deputy District Attorney Dawn Bladet.
In the next instant, "I heard, 'Give me all your money;' then I heard a skirmish, and then a gunshot go off," Boyd testified.
Boyd testified in the murder trial of Rashad Delrico Mack, 22, the alleged gunman in the shooting death of Reiter, and Ulysses Peter Walker, 21, the defendant who prosecutors say set up the robbery.
Although Boyd said he did not see the shooter, he identified Walker as the man who grabbed the keys out of the car.
He testified that Reiter, 36, had met Walker earlier in the evening, outside the Club Fantasy strip club on Richards Boulevard, which Boyd said that he and the victim had frequented.
After the shooting, Boyd said he got out of his car and ran up the driveway of a house, looking to keep from getting shot himself. He then ran into a backyard before coming back to where Reiter had been shot and calling 911 on his cell phone.
"It all happened so fast," Boyd testified. "I was in shock at the time."
He said he came back to the car after the gunmen left and that "Jesse was screaming, 'They shot me, they shot me.'"
Boyd said he took off his sweatshirt and applied it to Reiter's right thigh, where he had been shot in the femoral artery. He said he took off his belt and tried to apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. He said authorities arrived within five to ten minutes of his 911 call to take Reiter to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 a.m.
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