by: Ken Lemon Updated:
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - David Ramsey faced a judge Tuesday for his sentencing in the slaying of his brother. The mother was in the courtroom to testify against her son.
Ramsey already pleaded guilty for the 2012 murder charge and Tuesday, he stared at his mother as she gave testimony that could put him in prison for decades.
Brenda Ramsey, a retired police officer with was there on April 2012 when her sons David and Kevin Ramsey, who lived with her, got into an argument at her home in Dallas.
But she said David got combative.
"Kevin wanted to leave but he was afraid to leave because, he was afraid Scott would do something to me," she said.
She told the judge that her sons got into an argument and David Scott grabbed the gun she carried while she worked as a police officer.
"Shot him six times because I counted the shots," she said.
David Ramsey fired with the gun she used to patrol the streets of Gaston County.
"It ripped my heart in two," she said. "I grabbed the gun out of Scott's hand and just threw it."
She said while she tried to give CPR to Kevin Ramsey, his brother added insult to injury.
"Scott came out there and started kicking Kevin," the mother said.
"That almost killed my soul," she said.
During cross examination, Brenda Ramsey admitted that she didn't consider the shooting a murder.
She once wrote a letter in David Ramsey's defense saying he loved his brother and didn't intend to kill him.
She said David Ramsey was influenced by drugs.
Prosecutors will call more people to the stand tomorrow.
David Ramsey faces a maximum sentence of up to 23 years in prison for the murder.
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