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Witness testifies Sanders jumped curb in SUV, drove over officer
ROCKWALL, Texas--A woman testified on Thursday morning she saw Justin Sanders jump a curb at Grady T. Wallace Park in an SUV and drive over Texarkana, Texas, police officer Jason Sprague last June.
The witness told the jury Sprague was standing in a well-lit area of a parking lot, waving his arms in Sanders’ direction when he was struck and run over, under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp.The woman testified Sanders paused, but did not stop and exit the SUV, before leaving the park.
But under questioning from Chief Public Defender Rick Shumaker, the witness admitted she did not tell investigators she witnessed a hit-and-run when interviewed June 14.
Crime Scene Detective Shawna Yonts testified she observed what she believes were drag marks from fingers in the dust on the hood of the silver GMC Acadia Sanders is accused of driving over Sprague while fleeing the park after hours. Yonts testified the alleged finger drag marks contained only partial prints, which could not be identified.
More witnesses who were at the park the night Sprague suffered fatal head and crush injuries are expected to testify this afternoon.
Read Friday's edition of the Texarkana Gazette for full coverage of the third day of Sanders’ murder trial.