Prosecutors said during opening arguments Monday that Barker ambushed Campbell while he was inside a Chevrolet Tahoe. They said Campbell got out of the Tahoe, dove into the middle of the intersection in an attempt to escape the gunfire and shot back at Barker.
“He tried to get back into the Tahoe as quickly as he could and he drove across James H. McGee and ended up into the Boys Preparatory Academy,” prosecutors said during opening arguments.
Barker has pleaded not guilty in the case and during their opening argument, the defense said the defendant had to make a split-second decision when Campbell reached toward his waistband before the shooting.
They said tensions were high between the men in the days leading up to the incident. They said Campbell had been parked along the route Barker walked home from work and was even there when he took a different route.
“This uneasiness turned into fear,” the defense said. “And on May 26, 2019, Carson walked to his mom’s house and he saw Mr. Campbell’s red Chevy Tahoe parked across the street. And he wanted to go up to figure out what’s going on. And as he approaches the vehicle, he sees Chris reach into that waistband.”
“He had a choice to make, Chris’ or his life,” the defense said of Barker. “And he can only make one choice and he shot.”
The case is being heard by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary K. Huffman. The trial is expected to last multiple days.