Witness in Andre Davis trial has bad memory for details

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It wasn't until after the prosecutor showed the witness photographs of the wounds on his body -- on his neck, hip and a huge zipper-shaped scar down his abdomen -- that the young man would even admit that he had been shot.

Up until that point in the questioning, Andre Frazier answered every inquiry with, "I don't remember that."

"Did you get shot?" asked deputy district attorney Ilan Zur.

"I don't remember that."

"Did you have an argument with Andre Davis?" Mr. Zur continued.

"I don't remember that."

It was a frustrating -- although at points almost comical -- exchange between one of the victims of the March 13, 2012, shooting in Penn Hills and the prosecutor trying the case.

Mr. Davis is charged with killing Angela Proctor, 51, and her son, Manning, 22, and wounding Mr. Frazier, who was the defendant's longtime friend.

Police have said that Mr. Frazier was the actual target that night, and that the Proctors were killed because they were witnesses.

During Mr. Frazier's testimony, the prosecution played for the jury the 911 call from that night.

In it, Mr. Frazier said to the operator that he had been shot three times.

"Where is the person who shot you?" the operator asked.

"I don't know. I can't remember. Please hurry," Mr. Frazier responded.

Later in the call, he told the operator that the Proctors had been shot, too.

"OK, did anybody see who did this?" the operator asked.

"No," Mr. Frazier answered.

"Tell me exactly what happened, though. Tell me as much as you know," she continued.

"Can't ... remember ... ," Mr. Frazier responded.

As he sat on the witness stand and listened to the recording, he smirked at his answer.

At its conclusion, Mr. Zur said, "Even as you're laying there shot, you still hold to the code of no snitching?"

"I got no answer to that," Mr. Frazier said.

During his opening statement on Wednesday, Mr. Zur told the jury that the defendant sent Mr. Frazier a letter from jail attempting to convince him not to testify in the case. Mr. Davis also apologized in it.

But, again, when shown the letter, Mr. Frazier said he knew nothing about it.

Even when he was shown photographs depicting his wounds, Mr. Frazier said he could not remember how long he had been in the hospital, how long his recovery took, or even whether he has had any after effects.

The case, before Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara will continue today.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter @PaulaReedWard.

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