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Witness testifies on the shooting of his brother on the Danziger Bridge, then being arrested

Lance MadisonQuestioning resumed Friday morning with prosecutors calling Lance Madison to the stand. Madison was on the Danziger Bridge with his mentally disabled brother, Ronald Madison.

Lance Madison recalls being at the top of the bridge. His brother had been shot. He remembers Ronald telling him, ” ‘Tell my mother, brothers and sisters I love them.’ Then he shook my hand.”

Lance Madison says he helped his brother get to the bottom of the bridge, sat him down, and went to find help, but he was arrested. Madison says he was hauled away for a month, never knowing his brother died.

Defense attorneys stressed Madison told people teenagers on the bridge were shooting. Madison said he wasn’t sure at the time.

“When I heard pop, pop; that’s when I looked around.” Madison says he saw teens running behind them and figured that’s where the shots came from.

He recalled seeing a truck pull up and more shots saying, “Had I known they were police I would have been dead because I would have stopped. They would have killed me.”

Also called to testify was Robert Rickman, who was staying at a nearby motel. He says he heard shots often and that day went outside.

Rickman says he saw Ronald Madison laying down by the canopy. “He wasn’t saying anything,” Rickman testified. “He was just laying there bleeding.”

He says he started taking pictures and an officer “at one point, some how he got the camera from me and stomped it.”

Rickman had a second camera and today jurors saw the images he snapped; pictures of bullets and Ronald Madison’s bloody body partially covered by a blue tarp.

Trial will resume Monday at 8:30 a.m.