Former attorney, mother of accused testifies in Snapchat murder trial

January 30—Talon Lowery’s mother testified on Monday, January 30, at her son’s trial, and told the jury that her son was worried and confused about people following him. to him.

Monday was the fourth day of jury testimony in the Lowery trial. Lowery, 24, of Southee, faces a charge of murder from the Nov. 2, 2017, shooting death of Bryan Ramirez, 18, outside a Cleveland Highway Texaco.

Matt Leipold, a former public defender who is now a Hall County Juvenile Court judge, testified about his meeting with Lowery a few days after his Nov. 2 arrest. , 2017.

Lowery told Leipold that he posted it on Snapchat about five minutes after he fired the shot. Law enforcement used the video to identify Lowery as a suspect.

Lowery has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, as his defense focused their argument on his schizophrenia and delusions related to the rap business.

Concerned about Lowery’s state of mind, Leipold asked Lowery if he had ever tried to hurt himself, but Mr. Sautee said no. Lowery also said there is nothing wrong with his mind.

“He said he didn’t know why he was in jail,” Leipold testified

Leipold also learned that Lowery had seen a rap video on YouTube, and “the rap video explained why he did what he did, why he did the shooting.” Leipold said he has not received any other specific information about the video.

He described Lowery as generally calm and assertive, not threatening or angry like clients when arrested.

Lowery did not mention anything to Leipold about the various frauds the defendant has reported, including receiving communications from people in the rap industry.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Brickman later brought Lowery’s mother on the stand.

Lowery’s mother said her son felt he was receiving messages through Instagram posts and other innocuous things at their home.

Lowery dropped out of school his junior year and didn’t have close friends at the time of the incident, according to testimony.

“Since he showed this kind of trouble, isn’t that something you took seriously?” Assistant Attorney General Harold Buckler asked. “Is that why you let him keep two shotguns and a pistol with ammunition in his room?”

“I took everything seriously, but he didn’t show any signs of anything that might indicate anything that might be violent or anything else,” said Lowery’s mother.

The trial will continue on Tuesday, January 31.

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