Lee testified that he threw the first punch in self-defense and that he got hit with pool sticks, a pool ball, a pool rack, fists and feet before he and his party left the bar.
Lee also said he went along with co-defendant Evans Cassell’s plan to get guns from a U-Haul facility and Kara Parisi-King’s idea to go to the Huffman house and fire bullets from a 50-shot drum on a Glock pistol.
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Lee described getting back to Huffman, seeing Mayes, his jaw hurting and being mad.
“I wanted to hurt him bad,” Lee said of Mayes, a current Montgomery County Jail inmate who testified earlier Thursday about finding Brandenburg’s body. “I wanted to do something to him.”
When asked on cross examination if he could have just gone home after the bar fight, Lee said, “At that moment, I was not thinking. I was not really talking. I was angry.”
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Lee said he didn’t see Brandenburg when he and Cassell shot a combined 37 times.
“I do remember going to that corner,” Lee said. “And when I looked up, I seen Ricky. I didn’t see anybody else. And I shot. We both shot. And we continued to shoot.”
As for Brandenburg, Lee said her death was “tragic,” apologized to her family and said that “I didn’t do it on purpose.”
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Asked by a prosecutor on cross examination, Lee said, “I definitely feel responsibility. I definitely got regret.”
Parisi-King was sentenced to 15 years to life while Cassell was sentenced to 18 years to life. Lee faces a life sentence if he’s convicted of murder and decades in prison even if the jury finds him guilty of some lesser-included offenses.
“Looking back on it, I wish like hell I wouldn’t have been that angry,” Lee said. “I wish like hell things didn’t turn out like they did because I didn’t want her life to end like that and I didn’t want my life to end like that.”
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