Richmond officers, police chief on hand for day 2 of officer's murder trial

Richmond officers, police chief on hand for day 2 of officer's murder trial
Paterson Brown Jr., a graduate of James River High School
Paterson Brown Jr., a graduate of James River High School

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A number of Richmond Police officers, including Chief Alfred Durham, were on hand for a portion of David Cobb's murder trial on Wednesday.

Cobb is charged with second-degree murder in the October 2015 death of 18-year-old Paterson Brown Jr.

In day two of the trial, the Commonwealth played surveillance video from the morning of Oct. 17 at the Chesterfield car wash where 18-year-old Brown was shot.

The video was shown as evidence for the jury to determine whether Brown was reaching across his body or not.

The video, which hasn't been released to the public, shows Brown getting out of his friend's car, smoking and then getting into a dark-colored two-door Nissan Altima, which was in front of his friend's vehicle in line for the car wash.

Throughout the lengthy video, Brown is sitting in the car and refuses commands from car wash attendants to roll up windows.

In another vantage point of this video, you can see off-duty Richmond Police Officer David Cobb waiting outside for his girlfriend's car to be finished.

But, in police audio from that morning, Cobb told a detective he noticed something was going on at the car when a girl, later identified as Brown's friend, came over and opened the driver side door.

Cobb told police as he walked over, Brown looked at him through the window. Cobb also told Chesterfield Police he opened the car door and drew his weapon not knowing what he'd find.

Cobb identified himself as an off-duty officer and says Brown mumbled something and jerked back before saying several times, "I don't (expletive) with no 'ops."

The two reportedly went back and forth for several minutes before Cobb testified he saw Brown reach across his body and thought he was going for a weapon. Cobb says that's when he fired that fatal shot.

In the wake of that shooting, Brown's two friends are caught on camera backing up and driving right past the scene. The two made their way to Texas where they disappeared for several days.

Wednesday, a forensic scientist testified Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.

The defense questions whether Brown was on something stronger, which the medical examiner didn't test for. A witness testified Tuesday Brown had used acid in the past.

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