A Waldorf man who allegedly waited outside in a getaway vehicle during last October's deadly robbery at Stoney's restaurant in Clinton testified yesterday that after the holdup, accused gunman Damon Bowie "kept saying that he had to shoot the people because they saw his face."

Shaun Harris, 18, one of five defendants who will be tried separately in the case, testified in Prince George's County Circuit Court after the judge in Bowie's trial, acting at the prosecution's request, granted Harris limited immunity and ordered him to answer questions.

Although four men and a woman have been charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 11 robbery, only two of them allegedly entered the restaurant and only one, Bowie, is accused of firing shots that wounded two men and killed two others. The State Attorney's Office intends to seek the death penalty for Bowie, and to succeed, prosecutor Deborah Johnston must convince the jury that it was Bowie who pulled the trigger.

Three witnesses who survived the holdup, including an off-duty police officer who was shot in the face, could not testify that they saw Bowie fire the shots that killed restaurant manager Kevin Shelley or chef Arnold Batson, each of whom died of a single head wound.

Bowie, 20, is the second defendant to be tried in the case.

Before calling Harris to the witness stand yesterday, Johnston called James W. Edmonds, 26, already convicted of being the holdup man who entered the restaurant with Bowie. But Edmonds, his legs shackled, disregarded Judge Vincent J. Femia's grant of limited immunity and refused to testify, sneering at Johnston and the judge, saying they "ruined my life."

The limited immunity granted to Edmonds and Harris means that anything said in court yesterday could not be used against them later.

Edmonds's refusal eventually could mean a criminal contempt finding and more prison time added to the 130-year term imposed by Femia last month for Edmonds's role in the late-night, $300 holdup.

Harris, scheduled for trial in the fall, was more talkative, although he did not see the shootings. Police allege he waited in the getaway vehicle, a four-wheel-drive truck, with Bowie's sister, Christine, while Bowie and Edmonds entered Stoney's and another man, Derrell Thomas, stood watch at the restaurant's doors.

After the robbery, Harris said, Damon Bowie, Edmonds and Thomas piled into the truck, and Christine Bowie began to drive. "They began telling us details about what happened in the restaurant," Harris testified.

Bowie "told me that when they entered the restaurant, he told everybody to get down on the ground and to turn their faces towards the ground, and James Edmonds went to the back with the lady to get the money," Harris said. He said Edmonds told him that while in back, he heard gunshots from Bowie's area of the restaurant.

"And Damon called James Edmonds to leave, and James ran out of the restaurant slipping, falling on blood," Harris testified.

According to testimony at a pretrial hearing, Bowie told police after his arrest that he wounded two people in the restaurant. But he said he then gave his 9mm pistol to Thomas, who Bowie said had come into the restaurant from his lookout post.

Bowie's attorneys are expected to contend that it was Thomas who fired the fatal shots.

Harris, under questioning by Johnston, gave a different version.

Johnston: "What, if anything, did Damon tell you about what happened while Edmonds was in the back of the restaurant?"

Harris: "He told me he saw {the off-duty officer} with a gun, and he thought that he was reaching for his gun, and shot him."

Q: "What did he tell you after that?"

A: "After he had shot him, he had shot two other people, because they saw his face."

Q: "After Damon Bowie told you those details, did he say anything to you concerning what you should do with that information?"

A: "Told me not tell. Told me not to tell anyone."