Prosecution winding down in Prince George's murder trial

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By Ruben Castaneda
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 11:43 PM

Moments before a bullet slammed into her elbow, Frances Lammons was sitting in the back of a friend's car in a residential area of Landover, playing a game on her cellphone.

The friend, Bobby J. Ennels, had been sent to that street by someone he was talking to on his cell, Lammons said. After Ennels parked, two men approached

. "You all don't have to worry about nothing, it's cool," Ennels told the men. "I'm not gonna say anything."

A moment later, at least one of the men pulled out a handgun and started firing. Ennels, 22, was shot to death. Anthony Cash, 22, who was sitting in the front seat, also was fatally wounded.

Lammons ran out of the car and was briefly chased by the gunman before she also was shot.

Lammons, now 18, testified last week in one of the highest-profile murder cases in Prince George's County Circuit Court in years. She testified for the state against Jamaal G. Alexis, 23, who is charged with three counts of murder in the slaying of a well-known music producer in 2006 and for ordering the attack that killed Ennels and Cash in 2008.

The trial began Oct. 4, and the prosecution could rest Monday.

Prosecutors say that Ennels was killed because Alexis feared he would be a witness against him. Alexis was to stand trial in the slaying of music producer Scottie Beats, whose real name was Raymond Brown.

When Ennels told his killer "I'm not gonna say anything," he was trying to reassure Rashadd Alexis, Jamaal's younger brother, that he would not testify, police and prosecutors say.

Police and prosecutors say that Rashadd Alexis, 21, killed Ennels and Cash and wounded Lammons on his brother's order. Rashadd Alexis is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 8.

Ennels had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in the Brown case and was cooperating with prosecutors, according to court records.

Last year, Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. ruled that the state could try Alexis for all three slayings at one trial because the facts in the two attacks are "mutually admissible."


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