ROCKWALL, Texas--A witness testified he saw murder defendant Justin Sanders jump a curb in a silver SUV seconds before he saw patrolman Jason Sprague on the ground.

“People were yelling, ‘He hit the cop, he hit the cop,’” said 19-year-old college student John Michael McGee.

McGee testified he knew Sanders, 21, only by his nickname, “Budda,” when Sprague was struck shortly after midnight June 14. McGee said he believes Sanders is the only driver who could have possibly hit Sprague.

McGee’s testimony comes on the second day of Sanders’ trial.District Judge Bobby Lockhart, who serves Bowie and Red River counties, moved the trial out of Bowie County amid concern Sanders might not get a fair trial in his home county.

This afternoon, the jury is expected to watch a videotaped interview of Sanders with Texarkana, Texas, Police Detective Matt Cashatt conducted in the daylight hours of June 14 at the Bi-State Justice Building in downtown Texarkana.

Sanders is charged with murder and faces five to 99 years or life in a Texas prison if convicted.

Read Thursday's Texarkana Gazette for full coverage of the Sanders murder trial.

Published: 03/26/2014