Jurors Hear Slain Teen’s Final Phone Call In Second Day Of Testimony
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Jurors heard the final moments of Eric Forrester’s life in a chilling phone call to 911 played in court Tuesday.
Friends and family members were brought to tears as they heard the argument between the two teenage suspects, Broderick Patterson and Clifton Elliot, and the victim, 17-year-old Eric Forrester.
A gunshot is heard on the call followed by screams of panic. Meanwhile, the emergency dispatcher is heard trying to make contact with the caller, saying, “Hello? Hello? This is Fort Worth police. What is the address?”
Eric Forrester and his sister went home to eat lunch on April 12, 2010. They seemed to know something was wrong when they returned home –– Eric Forrester called 911 just before a pair of teenage burglars confronted him in his home.
A Fort Worth Police officer who was one of the first people on the scene said he arrived to find the victim’s sister covered in blood, attempting to revive her brother with CPR.
Despite analyzing the 911 call, police testified they still don’t know which of the two defendants fired the gun. Both have blamed the other for the shooting.
Broderick Patterson, 18, pled guilty to murder but opted to allow a jury to assess his punishment.
Prosecutors also played an audio interview with Patterson in which he said his accomplice, Clifton Elliot, was trying to hit Forrester with the gun when it accidently fired and shot the victim in the head.
When investigators asked Patterson if he knew the victim, he said no.
“What I seen on the news, he wasn’t a bad kid. Wasn’t nothing bad about him at all, you know what I’m saying?” he said in the audio recording. “There wasn’t no reason why he should have died.”
Later, the defendant’s older brother, Breon Patterson, was removed from the courtroom after becoming agitated after prosecutors pointed him out as being present when police searched the Patterson home.
Investigators examined dozens of photos and said items from the Forrester home were later found inside the defendant’s room.
Clifton Elliot is charged with capital murder but has not gone to trial.
Patterson faces five to 99 years in prison.
Testimony continues Wednesday morning.