Tyler’s man’s murder trial enters day two after witnesses testify on day of mall shooting

Editor’s Note: The attached video is from Tuesday, January 25.

10:07

Officer Williams performed the Gunshot Residue Test (GSR) on Perdomo after his arrest. The actual kit is shown to the jury.

9:58

Testimony for Johnson completed. The defense insisted that the police could have waited to search the car until the search warrant was obtained.

The next witness is Greg Williams, a police officer from Tyler. At the time, he was a crime scene investigator.

9:52

Questioning passed to the defence. Johnson talked about finding a receipt for ammunition in the glove compartment of Perdomo’s car. He believed he had probable cause to search the vehicle.

9:42

The defense confirms that Perdomo stopped without resisting. He asks Rule to confirm that she is not an expert in gunshot residue. She doesn’t remember the last time she fired her gun before arresting Perdomo. The interrogation was returned to the prosecution. They ask a question and then end his testimony.

The next witness is Ethan Johnson, who testified in court this morning without the presence of the jury.

9:37

Perdomo body camera footage in the same type of car witnesses described with the license plate. Also wearing a similar outfit.

Officer Rule stopped him without resistance. They put brown bags over his hand to keep any gunshot residue. Rule’s questioning passed to the defense.

9:29

The jury sees body camera footage of Officer Rule pulling into Perdomo on the freeway.

9:23

Officer Rule first stopped a silver Toyota which was not the car Perdomo was in.

The second stop which was Perdomo was at 4.40pm. It was 28 minutes after the first report of gunshots.

9:18

Jury now ushered into the courtroom. The first witness is Officer Kim Rule, who has since left the department. She stopped Perdomo west of Tyler about an hour after the shooting.

9:10 a.m.

Apparently, Judge Jackson will deny the request to suppress the evidence from the car search. Says he will look for a few recent cases while the first witness testifies to “make sure nothing has changed”.

9:07

Prosecutors argue officers had probable cause to search the car, which led to finding an ammunition receipt that led to a search warrant.

ADA Coltman says the license plate matches and the description of the car matches.

9:05

When asked by the defense why he searched Perdomo’s car after the traffic stopped but before the warrant was issued, Johnson replied: “I had no problem searching the entire vehicle…because I believed it had been used to commit a heinous crime.”

His testimony is over.

8:55

Prosecutors are calling Ethan Johnson, a sergeant with the Tyler Police Department. He arrived at the scene of Kristian Perdomo’s arrest on Highway 64 west of Tyler.

8:45 am

Judge Jackson calls the court to order. The defense is contesting a search of Perdomo’s car after he was arrested the day of the shooting.

A hearing will take place without the presence of the jury.


Recap of day 1

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Tyler man charged with murder in 2018 mall shooting enters the second day of his trial on Wednesday after several witnesses testified about what they saw more than three years ago.

Kristian Perdomo, 28, is accused of shooting Bradley Brockman, 45, in broad daylight at the Westwood Mall just after 4 p.m. on December 16, 2018.

In his opening statement Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Noah Coltman said “evidence will show Kristian Perdomo to be a cold-blooded killer.” He also said that some of what they would hear “is the worst of humanity”.

The defense team, led by Brett Harrison and Buck Files, decided not to make an opening statement.

Unbeknownst to the jury, law enforcement were adamant when Perdomo was arrested in 2018, believing he was the gunman in four other murders in the span of ten days. However, he was never charged with these murders. It remains unclear why the Smith County District Attorney’s office never filed charges.

The jury saw 911 calls and body camera footage of officers who were first on the scene, despite hearsay defense objections. Officer William Moore, an officer with the Tyler Police Department 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 said they saw a man in a black hoodie and red bandana shoot Brockman in the head while he was in the parking lot. While several described his getaway outfit and car, none were able to get a definitive look at the shooter’s face.

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