May 4, 2017
Elijah Chandler stares down Zoellner in court; says he did not state court testimony to Detectives due to lack of trust
Dressed in jeans, black shirt with a large Ankh symbol, Chandler stared at Kyle Zoellner pausing in between responses. Zoellner keeps his head down throughout testimony. "If looks could kill" is what came to mind watching Chandler look at Zoellner.
Chandler did not see a knife but he observed Paris Wright and Zoellner in an altercation where Wright knocked Zoellner to the ground. Chandler testified that he saw an object, shining due to light, could not tell what it was, but he saw something in Zoellner's hand which fell to the ground.
When Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees asked Chandler why he did not tell Detectives about hearing "I really hope that nigger dies", yet today Chandler said he heard it in court, Chandler's respinse was:
"I didn't think it was relevant," referring to when he spoke to Detectives two days later after the incident. Chandler testified he said it now because "it is a trial." Chandler said he thought he would not be believed and did not trust because of the way they had been treated at the crime scene.
Chandler's demeanor varied; respectful to the Judge; neutral to hostile at times with Mr. Rees to outright hostile and insulting to Ms. Kelly Neel, one of Zoellner's attorney.
He became very defensive when he did not want to answer something. Couple of his responses and an insult to Ms. Neel was stricken from the record. That comment was, " I feel you don't care."
Chandler answered selectively, at times, pausing for effect, like he was on stage.