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Posted: 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Linzi Sheldon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The man police say was mistakenly charged with killing a toddler took the stand Wednesday and singled out the man he says actually pulled the trigger. Alvin Alexander told jurors that he heard and saw Ellis Royster fire a gun "probably about 10" times on Aug. 12, 2010. "It was just pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," he said. "I seen Ellis shooting, pointing his gun that way, shooting up the street." Police said Royster shot at a man driving down Eastbrook Road that he believed had taken his friend Shariff Baker's money without handing over marijuana. They said a stray bullet hit 2-year-old Amias Robinson, who was sitting in his stroller nearby with cousins. He was paralyzed and died a few days later. On Wednesday, prosecutors brought the child's stroller into the courtroom. "When he hit the curb and I see him fall out of the stroller," Alexander said, "that's when I knew I had to leave." Alexander said he also left because he had crack on him and was driving his girlfriend's car without a license. He said when he was told police were looking for him, he went with them to CMPD's Law Enforcement Center in Uptown Charlotte. He said they questioned him, then arrested him for the shooting. Prosecutors played emotional phone calls he made from jail, in which he cried or ranted to family and friends about the arrest. Jurors heard him say several times that Royster did it, not him. But Royster's attorney questioned Alexander, pointing out he had a 9mm gun too, which was the same kind used in the shooting. "You knew the baby had been shot with a 9mm," he said. He accused Alexander of having the gun in his car at the scene, which Alexander denied. He also asked Alexander what he expected to receive for testifying. "Just to clear my name of any wrongdoing in this case," he said.
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