Witness: Mayes shot victim under his arm

By By Lauren Manary / American Press

DERIDDER — A DeRidder man said Thursday that he tried to block Chadrick Mayes from shooting David “Kenny” Palmer at a wedding

rehearsal party after Mayes revealed a pistol.

Mayes is being tried on a charge of second-degree murder in the March 30 shooting death of Palmer.

Witness Paul Fairley told the jury in state district court that he used his body to block Mayes, but that the defendant shot

underneath his arm.

“I was very upset,” Fairley said. “I was thinking to myself, ‘Why would someone bring a gun to a celebration?’ ”

Fairley said Mayes became upset after Palmer argued with Mayes’ brother, Antonio.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner Terry Welke, who performed the autopsy on Palmer’s body, testified that Palmer had been shot with

a large-caliber bullet from about 2 feet away.

He said Palmer’s blood-alcohol level was akin to someone who had consumed 12-14 drinks.

The prosecution rested its case. The defense will begin calling witnesses today.