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KLTV 7 reporter Holly Gonzalez is live from Judge Jack Skeen, Jr.'s courtroom.
Day 4 of Dennis Bendy murder trial is underway this morning. #PTColeMurder pic.twitter.com/RpOkLR2g6T
Friday August 8, 2014 9:13 Holly Gonzalez
Det. Gardner of Tyler PD says he assisted lead detective in searching Dennis Bendy's vehicle. #PTColeMurder pic.twitter.com/9mJqaUhOT5
Friday August 8, 2014 9:32 Holly Gonzalez
Gardner says he recovered several white t-shirts from Bendy's vehicle. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:32 Holly Gonzalez
On cross examination, Gardner conceded he didn't perform that search until about 3 1/2 weeks after the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:34 Holly Gonzalez
Gardner also agrees he cannot say for sure whether those t-shirts belong to Bendy or if he wore them on night of the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:34 Holly Gonzalez
Det. Gardner has been released, subject to being recalled. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:34 Holly Gonzalez
State called Stephen Whitemon, or "Stick." #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:34 Holly Gonzalez
State has requested testimonial immunity. IOW, Whitemon's testimony today cannot be used against him. #PTColeMurder pic.twitter.com/maouBOj5lE
Friday August 8, 2014 9:34 Holly Gonzalez
Whitemon is subject to criminal charges for attempting to dispose of that pistol. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:43 hollyKLTV
Whitemon is alleged to have buried the Ruger SR9 pistol used by Bendy and/or his codefendants in the deadly shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:45 Holly Gonzalez
Whitemon says he also gave Bendy the AK-47 before the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:46 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says EJ Williams gave him the Ruger in the early morning hours after the shooting and asked him to "get rid of it." #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:50 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he covered the Ruger with dirt in his backyard. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:53 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says the AK-47 he gave Bendy and his codefendants did not work. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:56 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says Bendy was driving a white Hyundai Elantra when he picked up the firearms from Whitemon's house. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 9:59 hollyKLTV
On cross examination, Whitemon concedes he did not tell police about the AK-47 until today. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:09 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says police asked him multiple times about the Ruger, but they never asked about the AK-47, so he did not mention it. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:12 hollyKLTV
Bendy's defense attorney is attacking Whitemon's credibility by asking him why he never mentioned the AK-47 until today. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:19 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he is testifying about the AK-47 today because prosecutors have given him testimonial immunity. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:23 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he heard the shooting from his home that night. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:26 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says EJ Williams called him sometime after the shooting, came over to his home, and gave him the pistol. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:34 hollyKLTV
Whitemon concedes he didn't know EJ well and he knew there had been a shooting that night, but he still hid pistol for him. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:46 hollyKLTV
After he buried the gun, Whitemon says he called EJ twice, but he never answered. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 10:54 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says police called him to ask if he had the Ruger. He says he met an officer at the mall to turn it in. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:03 hollyKLTV
At that point, Whitemon says police questioned him for approx 30 minutes about his involvement in the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:13 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he lied to police and told them he had been keeping the gun in Bullard rather than at his mother's house. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:16 hollyKLTV
Court is in recess for 15 minutes. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:20 hollyKLTV
Whitemon is back under cross examination. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:38 hollyKLTV
He says he found the AK-47 (with ammo) under the seat of a truck he bought just a few days before the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:42 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he put the gun in the trunk of a broken down car in front of his mother's house. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:44 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he is not a gang member. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 11:48 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says no one knew he had a gun, but Bendy asked him if he had one or if he knew someone who did. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:01 hollyKLTV
He says he gave Bendy the gun so he could get rid of it. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:03 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says he tried shooting gun day after he found it to see if it worked and determined it didn't. #PTColeMurder pic.twitter.com/vQUIcQV2q1
Friday August 8, 2014 12:09 hollyKLTV
Whitemon says Bendy told him somebody had shot at his car, so he needed a gun. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:12 hollyKLTV
One hour after giving Bendy and Goldstein the gun, Whitemon says he heard the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:14 hollyKLTV
Whitemon is released, subject to recall. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:35 hollyKLTV
Court is in recess for lunch. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 12:41 hollyKLTV
State called Detective Damon Swan, lead detective in this case, to the stand. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 1:46 hollyKLTV
Swan says he interviewed multiple witnesses at the scene of the shooting. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 1:54 hollyKLTV
Swan says a lady named Opal Robertson told him she saw the shooters driving a white car. #PTColeMurder pic.twitter.com/CN0NAf9C7g
Friday August 8, 2014 1:56 hollyKLTV
Swan says other interviews led him to believe there was a shooter in the park as well. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:00 hollyKLTV
Swan says there was a significant amount of blood where victim had been shot and a trail of blood to spot where she was found. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:02 hollyKLTV
Swan says he saw victim had a gunshot wound in the upper left area of her chest. He later learned she had 2 gunshot wounds. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:06 hollyKLTV
Swan says he found a 40 caliber casing near Earl Campbell and Old Noonday. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:24 hollyKLTV
That's consistent with witness testimony that Bendy said he had been shot at near there by KJ Hurd. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:26 hollyKLTV
Bendy's defense attorney asked Swan if he confirmed there had been a shooting there and he said no. #PTColeMurder
Friday August 8, 2014 2:27 hollyKLTV
Thanks for joining us today. Holly is back in the studio preparing for the newscasts, but we'll be back on Monday with more live updates.
Friday August 8, 2014 2:49 
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