When Dasheme Hosley told his brother he had shot their stepfather, there was celebration, according to a detective's testimony Thursday in Stanislaus County Superior Court.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2008, Hosley sped from San Leandro to Modesto because he believed Karl Johnson had hit his mother, Modesto police Detective Phil Owen said.
Hosley's mother, Carol Laverne Harris, 52, is also accused in Johnson's death.
Owen recounted interviews with Desamona Crowder, the mother of Hosley's child, who said she was with Hosley during the shooting.
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Hosley, Crowder and others were using cocaine and listening to music in a San Leandro apartment when Hosley got a call from his mother, Owen said. Harris told Hosley that Johnson had hit her, according to testimony.
During the car ride to Modesto, Hosley sat in the front passenger seat dry firing his gun, Owen said. Crowder said she prayed in the back seat.
Crowder's statement to Owen was a switch from her first account, in which she blamed another relative, George Willoughby Jr., for the shooting. Willoughby had a "sick infatuation" with Harris and was jealous of Johnson, Owen said. Crowder later admitted she was scared of fingering Hosley, who had beaten, choked and terrorized her in the past, Owen said.
Owen said he urged Crowder to tell the truth during the first interview. That's when Hosley yelled out in the courtroom.
"Coerced!" he said, prompting a warning from his lawyer, Bob Chase.
Crowder and Johnson's daughter, Veronica, told police that Harris would sometimes hit her husband during alcohol-fueled arguments.
Harris also threatened Johnson with her two sons, Dasheme and DeLeon Hosley.
"Carol (Harris) said she was going to get her sons to do something," Owen said. "Her sons would take care of it."
DeLeon Hosley is accused of being an accessory to the crime. A sixth defendant, Alisia Brown, who also had a child with Dasheme Hosley, is fighting an accessory charge.
Crowder and Willoughby, who called Dasheme and DeLeon Hosley "uncles," admitted to being accessories to the crime.
Testimony continues today.
Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2337.