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Prosecutor: Mom & son killed over a bottle of whiskey

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It appears a mother and her teenage son were shot and killed over a bottle of whiskey. The double murder trial of Daurin Patton got underway Monday.  The suspect's lawyer says this is a case of mistaken identity. Prosecutors disagree.

They put a man on the stand who witnessed the deadly shooting. 30-year-old Lawrence Elliott told the court he saw Daurin Patton shoot and kill Veronica Serrano and her 14-year- old son Timothy Blair.  Elliott says he was walking down Page street with Blair's older brother Gary when he says Patton robbed them.

"He hit Gary with the gun then he put the gun toward me and robbed me for two shots of Jim Beam that was left in the bottle," said robbery victim Lawrence Elliott.

The prosecutor demonstrated how Patton supposedly used the shotgun. Elliott's ex-fiance and her co-worker drove up and witnessed the robbery. The prosecutor played the 911-call. Police were sent to the scene to look for the robbery suspect.

"They ask me and Veronica if we seen a man carrying a sawed-off shotgun dressed in all black and we said no. Why did you do that? I cause I thought it was done and over with because he was gone," said Elliott.
 
Prosecutors say Gary Blair's mother was scared for her family so she asked Elliott for pocket knives so she and her younger son could walk to the store.

Officer Tanya Farell was working off-duty at a carryout when Serrano and her son came in crying.  "Initially she was hesitant, but I continued asking her if a black male dressed all in black robbed her son," said Farell.     

Ellliot told the court when Veronica and Timothy returned home from the store, Patton showed up at the house and words were exchanged.

"He pulled out the gun and shot both of them right there on the porch," said Elliott.

Elliot admits he lied to detectives.  "I told them as of that night didn't know anything because they guy was still on the streets," said the 30-year-old.

He eventually identified the suspect. Patton's lawyer says Elliott was drunk and this is a case of mistaken identity.  

"That he was wearing a black Carhartt and he was wearing a black hoodie also the hood was up", said Patton's Lawyer. 

Elliott told the court he doesn't know the suspect. It appears the Serrano and her son were innocent and the bullets were meant for someone else who lived at the house.
   

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