T.I testified for 28 minutes today as he described the death of his friend. He said that he felt the bullet that entered his friend was intended for him.
T.I. says he took cover in a van when it was struck by bullets during the chase. He described seeing his friend after their van pulled over. He said Johnson was lying lifeless, blood running down his face from a shot into his left temple.
Padron Thomas, 40, told officials he was driving the Jeep as his brother, Hosea, fired the shots at the vans. At least one member of T.I.’s crew returned fire.
In exchange for Padron Thomas’ testimony against his brother, prosecutors have agreed to drop murder charges against him, allow him to plead guilty to manslaughter and have any sentence he receives in the case to run at the same time as a federal prison sentence.