KNOXVILLE, Tennessee. – The mother of Zaevion Dobson broke down and briefly left a Tennessee courtroom Wednesday as a jury saw the clothes of the 15-year-old was wearing the night he died shielding friends from gunfire.
Zenobia Dobson emotional reaction came during the second day of testimony in the Knoxville trial of Christopher Drone Bassett, Kipling Deshawn Colbert, and Richard Gregory Williams III. All three face murder charges in connection with Dobson’s Dec. 17, 2015, shooting death.
Knox County criminal court judge Steven Sword denied a defense motion for a mistrial. He reminded jurors that “it is fine to be sympathetic — I would be surprised if you don’t — just don’t let that cloud the evaluation of the facts, of the law.”
Zenobia Dobson returned to the courtroom after a short recess.
After the recording, Dobson was praised by the then President Barack Obama for his bravery. Dobson posthumously received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2016 ESPYs. The award recognizes individuals who have the spirt of Ashe, who dedicated his life to defending the human rights.
Later Wednesday, a witness reluctantly testified how he spoke with police and later shot to death by one of the suspects. Larry Northern said Wednesday that he will not much remember what happened on Dec. 17, 2015, but the jury saw a video of an interview he gave to the police that night in which he more details.
North, said that his friendship with the suspects cooled down after that night, because she believed that he had spoken with the police. North, said Williams shot him a number of times the following April.
Williams was convicted earlier this year of attempted murder in the shooting of North and received a 36-year prison sentence.
North acted defiantly during a large part of his testimony Wednesday. He was wearing a pair of sunglasses in his testimony and said that it was because he didn’t want to make eye contact.
“This was a situation that I have shot by’ North said. “I try to make this (things) behind me, in the back of my head. I don’t think I this. I’ll try this in the back of my memory. You keep asking me the same questions.”