After hours of deliberation, trial continues for Weaver man accused of shooting 13-year-old boy
by Madasyn Czebiniak
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Tanrrance Maurice Landrum
Tanrrance Maurice Landrum
A Calhoun County jury began deliberations Wednesday on the fate of a Weaver man accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy at Constantine Homes apartments last March.

After three and a half hours of deliberation, a judge dismissed the jury for the day after they requested to re-read testimony the victim gave Tuesday.

Before jurors started deliberation Wednesday, they heard testimony from witnesses for the defense.

The victim, now 14, was shot once in the back and once in the arm. He now has trouble sleeping and standing for long periods, his mother testified Tuesday.

Tanrrance Maurice Landrum, 24, was identified as a shooter in the incident by two of Swink’s family members in March, police testified Tuesday. Landrum is charged with first-degree assault in connection with the shooting.

Members of the victim’s family have testified that as they were walking around the complex after dark, shots were fired at them.

Witnesses testifying Wednesday included Landrum’s sister Tia Landrum; Maria “Rico” Ross, Landrum’s aunt; and Dynasty Pearsons, the mother of Landrum’s two children.

Pearsons, who said she was pregnant with Landrum’s child at the time, testified that on the afternoon of March 10, Landrum and her friends had thrown her a baby shower at an apartment in the complex.

Pearsons told the court that Marcus Swink, known as “Red” and with whom Landrum is said to have had a dispute, came to the baby shower uninvited and made a threatening remark to her.

Landrum’s younger sister, Tia Landrum, testified Wednesday that she saw Landrum and Red Swink preparing to fight, but when that did not happen, Swink left.

Pearsons told the court that shortly after Red Swink left, the victim’s cousin, Jamie Swink, and the victim’s uncle, also named Marcus Swink, arrived at the baby shower. Neither mentioned the teen victim.

Both Tia Landrum and Pearsons testified that the group followed Landrum back to Ross’ apartment and left when Ross refused to let them come inside.

Tia Landrum told the court that 10 to 15 minutes after the group left, she heard gunshots coming from outside. Tia Landrum also testified that she had seen Marcus Swink with a handgun earlier in the day.

Tia Landrum testified that she ran and hid in a closet when she heard the gunshots. Pearsons testified that she hid upstairs with her son, and Ross testified that she remained in the apartment.

Both Ross and Tia Landrum told the court that Tanrrance Landrum had been outside at the time of the shooting.

Tia Landrum testified that after the gunshots stopped, she, Pearsons, Pearsons’ son and Tanrrance Landrum left the complex in her white Pontiac and went to her apartment.

Assistant district attorney Sheila Field questioned Tia Landrum’s testimony. During a previous court hearing, Field said, Landrum stated that he had not gotten into that vehicle and had not been at the complex that night.

Field also asked all three witnesses why they did not immediately inform police about the shooting after it happened, and decided to wait until Wednesday to share their stories. They responded that shootings are common in that neighborhood; Ross said she feared eviction from public housing if officials believed she was involved in a shooting.

During the closing arguments, Susan Henderson, Landrum’s attorney, asked the jury to consider the inconsistencies with the testimony of witnesses to the shooting. For example, two witnesses offered conflicting descriptions of the gun used in the shooting.

“A gun was never found on my client or in the area the shooting was to occur,” Henderson added.

Field, on the other hand, asked the jury to put themselves in the victims’ shoes.

“I can’t pick my witnesses but I can tell you the one person who is innocent in all of this” is the victim, she said. “He has no reason to lie.”

The jury is set to resume deliberations today at 8:30 a.m.

Editor’s note: This story has been changed to fix an error concerning the city in which Landrum resided.
Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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