Victim takes the stand in the first day of attempted murder trial
The victim of a December 2018 Mandan shooting took the stand in the first day of an attempted murder trial.
Seventeen-year-old Dequan Smith is appearing before a jury Wednesday in Morton County for attempted murder, reckless endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault, and manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute and imitation controlled substance.
On the first day, the victim who suffered a gunshot wound to her lower back gave testimony saying she has nerve damage and will never be the same again.
Prosecutors say on Dec. 23, 2018 the victim and her sister were purchasing marijuana from Smith behind the M & H gas station. The victim says Smith took more than $600 and gave them a bag containing cereal.
On Dec. 30, the victims and Smith got into an altercation at the M&H gas station over the bag of cereal. Smith is accused of firing five to six shots, and hitting the victim once.
During testimony, the victim recalled a second man in the area, but they were never identified.
The trial is scheduled for three days, and will conclude on Friday.